Sheriff John H. Wisner

Sheriff John H. Wisner

Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, March 30, 1870

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John H. Wisner

Sheriff John Wisner was shot and killed by members of a lynch mob who were seeking to murder a prisoner in the parish jail.

A group of about 15 to 20 men numbering went to the county jail and shot Sheriff Wisner in the chest through a closed door. They then entered the jail and murdered the prisoner.

Sheriff Wisner was a Civil War veteran of the federal army. He had served as sheriff of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office for two years.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

prisoner custody

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Sheriff Wisner,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ouachita Parish.


United States Border Patrol

March 30, 2020

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