Sheriff Garry Marshal Welford

Sheriff Garry Marshal Welford

George County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Garry Marshal Welford

Sheriff Garry Welford was struck and killed by the driver of a vehicle being pursued by deputies along Bexley Road South.

At approximately 2:45 pm deputies from the George County Sheriff's Office were pursuing a pick-up truck that had failed to stop for them. A passenger in the vehicle was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear for sentencing on a narcotics charge.

Sheriff Welford was struck by the vehicle as attempted to deploy spike strips at the intersection of Bexley Road South and Howard Road. He was airlifted to the University of South Alabama Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

The passenger and his 18-year-old girlfriend, who was driving the vehicle, were apprehended the next day and charged in connection with the death of Sheriff Welford. Both were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life without parole on September 10, 2012.

Sheriff Welford was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served as the sheriff of George County for seven years. Before being elected he had served for 30 years with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.


  • Age 63
  • Tour 37 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to life

spike strips, vehicle pursuit

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Thank you for service to both our Nation and to your community. Sheriff Welford will always be remembered as a dedicated and devotional Law Enforcement Officer. RIP sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

January 5, 2024

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