Deputy Sheriff George Arnold Scott

Deputy Sheriff George Arnold Scott

DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, February 26, 1919

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George Arnold Scott

Deputy Sheriff George Scott and Chief of Police Beldon Little, of the Fort Payne Police Department, were shot and killed as they attempted to arrest two brothers, ages 18 and 20, who were wanted for moonshining. As they entered their home with their sheriff the suspects opened fire. The sheriff who was wounded managed to return fire wounding both suspects.

In 1920 both suspects were convicted of murder. One was sentenced to 50 years and the other to 15 years. The Alabama Supreme Court granted both a new trial. The defense in both trials argued that Deputy Scott and Chief Little were accidentally killed by the sheriff. On February 24, 1921, one was acquitted the other was found guilty of second degree manslaughter. He served less than two years in prison. He was also fined one dollar for violating the prohibition law.

Deputy Scott was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Deputy Sheriff Scott,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeKalb County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

February 26, 2019

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