Police Chief Emmett C. Bright

Police Chief Emmett C. Bright

New Hope Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, November 7, 1957

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Emmett C. Bright

Police Chief Emmett Bright was shot and killed as he and another officer were attempting to arrest a man on drunk and disorderly charges.

As the officers were trying to wrestle the man into a patrol car, two men approached with a shotgun, demanding that the officers turn their friend loose, and then shot Chief Bright three times. Both men were apprehended a few hours later.

Both suspects were convicted of second degree murder on February 28, 1958. The suspect who shot Chief Bright was sentenced to 15 years in prison. His accomplice was sentenced to 13 years.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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Thank you for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Chief Christopher Dillard
Owens Cross Roads Police Department

March 9, 2013

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