Sheriff Henry Hampton Howard

Sheriff Henry Hampton Howard

Aiken County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 1925

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Henry Hampton Howard

Sheriff Henry Howard was shot and killed as he and three deputies attempted to serve a warrant for the manufacture of illegal liquor. As they approached the house several men inside opened fire, fatally wounding Sheriff Howard. The deputies were able to return fire and killed two of the suspects.

The three remaining suspects were convicted of Sheriff Howard's murder but later had the convictions overturned by the South Carolina Supreme Court. During the retrial a local judge ordered the charges dropped against one of the suspects. The local citizens became outraged and on October 8, 1926, stormed the jail and shot the three suspects to death after dragging them into the country.

Sheriff Howard had been with the agency for 13 years and had previously served as a Constable and later as Chief of Police of Aiken, South Carolina. Sheriff Howard is buried in Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, South Carolina and he was survived by his wife and seven children, and his three siblings.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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