Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman

Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman

Alexander County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, February 18, 1901

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Miles Coleman

Deputy Sheriff Miles Coleman succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when he and another deputy were beaten by brothers of a prisoner they were transporting.

The brothers attacked the deputies with clubs and brass knuckles and severely beat them both. The other deputy recovered from his injuries.

All three brothers were arrested and convicted of Deputy Coleman's murder. Two were sentenced to life and the other to 20 years. One lifer along with another inmate escaped from prison on December 7, 1908.

Deputy Coleman was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, February 14, 1901
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff Miles' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call in April 2016 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

April 27, 2016

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