Sheriff Jacob ""Pearlie"" McInnis

Sheriff Jacob ""Pearlie"" McInnis

Irwin County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, June 27, 1910

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Jacob ""Pearlie"" McInnis

Sheriff McInnis, Deputy T.W. Sheffield, and Chief of Police Stephen Davis were all shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect on domestic violence charges.

The suspect barricaded himself in his house and held his children hostage. Sheriff McInnis called out to the suspect to come out, but the suspect refused. Sheriff McInnis then asked the suspect to release his children, but the suspect again refused. Sheriff McInnis lined up his deputies and started for the house, but before they could reach the house, the suspect opened fire, killing Chief of Police Davis and wounding two other deputies. Sheriff McInnis ordered his men to retreat.

Sheriff McInnis returned shortly after and his deputies again approached the house. The suspect opened fire again and Deputy Sheffield and Sheriff McInnis were killed.

The remaining deputies returned to town with the dead officers and contacted the governor, who ordered out the Albany Guard. They responded to the house with thirty men. As they approached the suspect, he committed suicide.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

arrest attempt, domestic violence

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice, and rest in peace always knowing that you will always be remembered.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 27, 2020

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