Sheriff Matt Wann

Sheriff Matt Wann

Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Tuesday, May 3, 1932

Matt Wann

Sheriff Wann was shot and killed while serving a warrant on a man at a residence near Scottsboro. As he handcuffed the man, the man's brother immediately picked up a shotgun and fired once, the full force striking the sheriff in the chest killing him instantly.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Not available

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I am a native of Scottsboro, grew up knowing Billy Jack and Robert Wann, both of whom were older than I. I am convinced that Sheriff Wann was the native HERO relatedto the first trial, bravely averting even an attempt at a lynching. I think his brave act let to his murder, and cannot remember anyone ever having been arrested, leading me to wonder if the perpetrator(s) was/were were Klan related.

Rev. Dr. James K. Thompson

April 5, 2017

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