Deputy Sheriff J. P. Chandler

Deputy Sheriff J. P. Chandler

Poinsett County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Sunday, January 7, 1912

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J. P. Chandler

Deputy Sheriff J.P. Chandler was shot and killed in Tyronza, Arkansas, while attempting to serve an arrest warrant that had been issued in Alabama on a subject for shooting another man.

Deputy Chandler was waiting at the backdoor of the subject's residence. As a second deputy entered the front door, the brother of the wanted man opened fire on Deputy Chandler, killing him, before he fled.

The suspect remained at large until May 1913 when he was arrested in Missouri. He had recently been released from the Alabama Penitentiary where he was serving a life sentence for murder. He was pardoned because he had tuberculosis and was not likely to live much longer. His brother, whom the officers were trying to arrest, was wanted in Alabama for murder. He was convicted of Sheriff Chandler's murder and hanged March 12, 1914.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1914

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JP Chandler was James P Chandler born Sept 1855 in Georgia to James M. And Lucinda Womack Chandler. He died 7 Jan 1912 . He is buried at Whitton Cemetery, Whitton, Mississippi, Arkansas. His wife and son William Robert are also buried there. His wife's name was Narah Ann Wade 1865-1936, they married 1881. His children were Leola, Ada, Jessie, Wm Robert and Ella. In 1910 he was also raising his granddaughter Irene Oliver 2, and grandson Harris Smith 1 year old.

William Holmes
Poinsett County Sheriff Department

January 27, 2018

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