Deputy Sheriff James Crawford Bonner

Deputy Sheriff James Crawford Bonner

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, September 26, 1913

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James Crawford Bonner

Deputy Sheriff James Crawford Bonner was accidentally shot and killed as he and several other deputies were on their way to investigate the armed robbery of an Alabama Great Southern passenger train that had occurred the previous day in Bibbville.

Deputy Bonner and the posse were traveling in the caboose of a special car that was conveying them to Tuscaloosa. When it was time for them to disembark, one of the deputies reached for his rifle. As he picked up the weapon, it discharged. Deputy Bonner, who was preparing the unit's dogs to search for the suspects, was struck in the chest by the blast and killed instantly.

Deputy Bonner was survived by his wife and his mother.

He is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Birmingham.


  • Age 33
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

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Deputy Sheriff Bonner,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Jefferson County.


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September 26, 2023

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