Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell

Sheriff Daniel Jackson Brownell

Holmes County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, November 26, 1872

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Daniel Jackson Brownell

Sheriff Daniel Brownell was shot and killed after responding to a report of a disturbance at the county jail.

Sheriff Brownell was at home with his family when he was informed that there was a disturbance at the jail. Sheriff Brownell mounted his horse and rode a few miles into town. When he arrived, he encountered a man creating a disturbance in front of the jail. The suspect then shot and killed Sheriff Brownell. Before he fell, Sheriff Brownell was able to return fire, killing the suspect.

Sheriff Brownell had served with the Holmes County Sheriff's Office for 10 years and had previously served with the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

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I just found this page as I was looking for information on Sheriff Brownell. I am his 3rd great granddaughter. What a blessing to know how many people still care all these years later. Thank you for your service, Grandfather.

Lori Yates
3rd great granddaughter

February 19, 2022

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