Sheriff William O. Gwyn

Sheriff William O. Gwyn

Pike County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, April 2, 1896

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William O. Gwyn

Sheriff Gwyn was shot and killed as he and several of his deputies attempted to arrest three men for cattle stealing. The suspects, a father, his son, and another man opened fire as the deputies surrounded their house. Sheriff Gwyn was killed and several of his deputies were wounded. All three suspects were captured.

The father and his son were convicted of first-degree murder. The son was hanged on June 18, 1897. His father was sentenced to life in prison. He died in prison of a heart attack on November 18, 1904. The other suspect was tried and acquitted.

Sheriff Gwyn had been with the Pike County Sheriff's Office for ten years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One executed

arrest attempt

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This was my husbands great grandfather. Thank you all for your kind word and the words you have all written. The family still resides here in Pike County, GA.

Tricia Gwyn
My husband’s Great Great Grandfather

January 15, 2022

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