Captain Peter Christopher "Chris" McCurley

Captain Peter Christopher "Chris" McCurley

Etowah County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, October 10, 1997

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Peter Christopher "Chris" McCurley

Captain Chris McCurley was shot and killed while serving a drug search warrant at 11:00 am on Briar Cliff Road off Lister Ferry Road near the Coosa River.

The couple wore body armor when they met the officers at the door. Captain McCurley was shot 18 times through the front door with an AK-47 equipped with a 100-round drum. After breaking down the door with gunfire, the male subject went outside to the yard and shot and wounded three more officers while the female helped him reload.

The male suspect was shot and wounded before both suspects were taken into custody. The female suspect pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to four concurrent 40-year prison terms. She was denied parole in 2018 and will be eligible for parole in 2023. The male suspect was sentenced to death in 1998. He committed suicide in 1999.

Captain McCurley had served with the Etowah County Sheriff's Office for 12 years and had just been appointed chief of the Etowah County drug task force. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AK-47
  • Offender Committed Suicide & 40 years

ambush, warrant service

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Capt. McCurley,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Etowah County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 10, 2022

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