Deputy Sheriff George A. Stillwell

Deputy Sheriff George A. Stillwell

Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Friday, August 10, 1906

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George A. Stillwell

Deputy Stillwell died of wounds he received when he was shot by a man he had just arrested.

Deputy Stilwell was sent to a farm in Wading River with an arrest warrant to arrest a suspect who was trespassing on a farm. Deputy Stillwell arrested the suspect and placed him in the rear of his carriage and preceded to drive toward the court. As the carriage started moving the suspect sprang from his seat and ran for the woods. Deputy Stillwell was able to apprehend the suspect again and placed him in the read of the carriage, this time with his arms and legs tied with rope. As the carriage reached the court, the suspect was able to free himself from the ropes, reach into his rear pocket, draw a revolver and fire twice. The first shot hit Deputy Stillwell in the back of the neck and the seconds shot struck him in the mouth and he turned toward the suspect. The suspect then ran from the carriage into the woods.

Deputy Stillwell was removed to the hospital where he underwent surgery. Deputy Stillwell succumbed to his wounds 14 days later.

The suspect was apprehended eight days after the shooting and was charged with assault. When Deputy Stillwell died that charge was increased to murder. The suspect was convicted of murder in 1907 and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Stillwell was survived by his wife

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, July 26, 1906
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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