Sheriff John Kimmey

Sheriff John Kimmey

Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 11, 1839

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John Kimmey

Sheriff John Kimmey succumbed to gunshot and stab wounds sustained two days earlier when he was attacked by a man who was an opposing candidate for the office of sheriff.

The other candidate attacked Sheriff Kimmey and struck him in the face with a bowie knife, inflicting a serious wound. Despite the injury, Sheriff Kimmey was able to fatally wound the subject. One of the man's friends then chased Sheriff Kimmey from the scene and shot him. Sheriff Kimmey died of the wounds two days later.

The man who shot him fled the scene and was never apprehended.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 9, 1839
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

election, retaliation

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Dear Sheriff John Kimmey,
I visited this page for the first time today, and I am amazed by your story. How could a man be wicked enough to run for Sheriff, and then attempt to kill you, the current Sheriff? But in the end, you gave him what he deserved, but it is a shame you had to die over something so senseless. 179 years later, I hope you rest easy knowing that you are still remembered today. Rest in Peace and thank you for your service.


PS: No hero should ever be without a reflection, and I am honored to be the first person to write one for you.

John Q. Public

April 21, 2019

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