Sheriff Thomas Elisha Bebber, Sr.

Sheriff Thomas Elisha Bebber, Sr.

Alexander County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, June 2, 1959

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Thomas Elisha Bebber, Sr.

Sheriff Thomas Bebber was shot and killed when he and a deputy responded to a domestic dispute in which a 38-year-old man was throwing rocks at his father's house.

While in the house the man picked up a .22 caliber rifle and shot Sheriff Bebber in the back, killing him. The suspect surrendered one hour later and was charged with murder.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison October 2, 1959. He died in prison May 21, 2002.

Sheriff Bebber was survived by his wife and five children. One of his sons later became sheriff of Alexander County.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison


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The new Law Enforcement Center in Alexander County, Taylorsville, NC, will be named in the memory of Sheriff Thomas E. Bebber, Sr., on June 2, 2017, at the facility site.

Mark Harbinson
Friend of the Bebber family

May 23, 2017

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