Deputy Sheriff Eugene C. Brister

Deputy Sheriff Eugene C. Brister

Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Saturday, April 20, 1940

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Eugene C. Brister

Deputy Eugene Brister was shot and killed in Alexandria while attempting to arrest a man wanted on a charge of chicken theft.

Deputy Brister located the man sitting in a vehicle and told him he was under arrest. As the suspect exited the vehicle, Deputy Brister began to re-holster his service weapon. As he did so, the suspect opened fire with a .38 caliber revolver, striking Deputy Brister several times.

As the suspect fled, he exchanged shot with an Alexandria police officer, grazing the officer in the face. The officer returned fire and mortally wounded the suspect.

Deputy Brister had served with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Department for 16 years. He was survived by his wife and two grown daughters.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Brister,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rapides Parish. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 20, 2020

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