Sheriff Charles James Sorrells

Sheriff Charles James Sorrells

Walton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, May 28, 1962

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Charles James Sorrells

Sheriff C. J. Doc Sorrells was shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a man for domestic disturbance.

The suspect shot Sheriff Sorrells after claiming he was going to give himself up. Sheriff Sorrells was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries three hours later. Sheriff Deputy Haralson was also shot but recovered from his wounds.

Sheriff Sorrells' son was appointed interim Sheriff.

Sheriff Sorrells had served with the Walton County Sheriff's Office for 25 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

domestic, warrant

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Thank you all for your kind and powerful tributes to my grandfather. I never knew him, but I grew up with his legacy of integrity and service. His family and community vividly remember and love him. I would like to add a photograph of him to this page, but I don't think I can. Thank you all for your service and dedication as well.
Laura Sorrells

Laura Sorrells

February 10, 2018

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