Deputy Sheriff Joseph Elmer Whitworth

Deputy Sheriff Joseph Elmer Whitworth

Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, April 22, 1954

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Joseph Elmer Whitworth

Deputy Whitworth was shot and killed during a barricade situation after a suspect fled from another deputy who tried to stop him for speeding. The 25-year-old suspect fled to his nearby trailer where he barricaded himself. He opened fire on several deputies when a tear gas bomb was fired through a window. After a three hour gun battle, Deputy Whitworth was hit in the head with a load of buckshot as he fired another tear gas bomb into the trailer. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder.

At his trial the suspect said he was in bed asleep when a tear gas bomb came through his window. He said he opened fire because he thought the deputies were criminals trying to kill him and his family. He was acquitted.

Deputy Whitworth had been with the agency for one year.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Whitworth.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 22, 2020

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