Deputy Sheriff Herbert Coryell

Deputy Sheriff Herbert Coryell

Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, September 4, 1930

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Herbert Coryell

Deputy Sheriff Herbert Coryell was shot and killed as he and a local constable attempted to arrest a bootlegger at a still near Sandusky. The suspect shot Deputy Coryell in the head, killing him.

On April 11, 1931, the suspect pled guilty to manufacturing liquor and was sentenced to 18 months. He was acquitted of murder.

Deputy Coryell had served with the Alexander County Sheriff's Office for only three months. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Acquitted

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Deputy Sheriff Coryell,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Alexander County.


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September 4, 2020

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