Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller

Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller

Franklin Parish Sheriff's Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, June 14, 1953

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John L. Waller

Deputy Waller was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance.

Deputy Waller, along with an agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, arrived at the 23-year-old suspect's home to find him brandishing a shotgun on his front porch. As the officers stepped out of their car the suspect shot Deputy Waller in the neck killing him instantly. The agent managed to wrestle the gun from the suspect and take him into custody.

Fourteen days later the suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. Three years later he received a new trial and was again sentenced to death. He was executed in the electric chair on August 16, 1957.

Deputy Waller was survived by his wife.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 20 gauge
  • Offender Executed in 1957

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Deputy Sheriff John L. Waller
Sir, just know that those of us that have worn the badge will never forget the sacrifice you laid upon the "Alter of Freedom" to protect the citizens of Franklin Parish, Louisiana.
May you Rest In Peace

Master Trooper Mike Evans
Louisiana State Police / Troop-F, Monroe, Louisiana

August 11, 2019

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