Sheriff John W. Sparks

Sheriff John W. Sparks

Cullman County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, July 20, 1919

John W. Sparks

Sheriff Sparks was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest at a downtown apartment. He and the Cullman police chief had gone to the apartment in search for a suspect. When they arrived at the location, a female refused to let the sheriff in. The sheriff cut his way through a screen door and was confronted by the suspect when he entered the apartment.

The sheriff and the suspect both told each other to drop their weapons, and then immediately fired at each other. The suspect was killed instantly and Sheriff Sparks was mortally wounded. He was able to walk to a local drug store where he died approximately one hour later.

Sheriff Sparks had been sworn in as sheriff only 6 months earlier and had served in law enforcement for over 5 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 91rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 20, 2010

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