Sheriff George W. Dunham

Sheriff George W. Dunham

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, May 20, 1895

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George W. Dunham

Sheriff George Dunham was shot and killed by a man he attempted to arrest on a warrant for wife beating. As Sheriff Dunham walked up to the man's front door, the man shot him in the face with with a double-barreled shotgun.

The suspect had originally escaped to Florida after shooting Sheriff Dunham, but returned to Georgia and was apprehended after assaulting the Deputy who had assisted Sheriff Dunham during the arrest attempt.

The next day the suspect was shot and killed when he opened fire on members of a posse who had him cornered in a swamp.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Again, with thanks for Sheriff Bivins for efforts which helped get our ancestor included for honors on the addition of his name to the memorial, I’m trying to contact as many as I can who may be able to attend the ceremonies in Washington on May 13, 2019. I’m to fax all names with all contact information by March 1st, so hope the Dunhams in Vidalia will get this. I left a message with Jan, as it was the only number I have. The organizationw will mail packets to those whose information they get in time. Help me out with this by calling my cell 786-205-4439. I’m so thrilled as a few have already indicated they’ll be able to attend. I won’t be able to be there person but will be in spirit. I’ve been on this quest for almost 20 years!

Sue McGowan Lewis
Great grand daughter of Sheriff George W. Dunham

February 22, 2019

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