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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Deputy Abernathy, on this 114th anniversary of your untimely departure, I'd like to say rest in peace and always know that no passage of time will ever erase you service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 18, 2020

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