Deputy Sheriff Elbert R. Abernathy

Deputy Sheriff Elbert R. Abernathy

Etowah County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, August 18, 1906

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Elbert R. Abernathy

Deputy Sheriff Elbert Abernathy was shot killed by a subject during a raid on a gambling den.

He was in the process of placing an offender in handcuffs when the man suddenly pulled out a handgun and shot him. The man was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was granted a new trial and sentenced to life. He was released on December 23, 1923.

Deputy Abernathy was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released in 1923

arrest, gambling

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Abernathy. I am honored to leave the first reflection for a true hero. One hundred and twelve years is a long time . Every soul of bravery who gives the ultimate sacrifice shall be duly remembered.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 27, 2018

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