Chief Deputy John J. Bryant

Chief Deputy John J. Bryant

Talladega County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, July 22, 1936

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John J. Bryant

Chief Deputy Bryant was shot and killed when a sudden burst of gunfire erupted at a labor disturbance outside the Samoset Cotton Mill in Talladega. More than a dozen other officers and workers were wounded. The Alabama National Guard had to be sent in to restore order and they arrested five suspects.

One of the suspects was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison on November 14, 1936. He was released on bond as his appeals were heard. He began his sentence in 1938 and was pardoned a few weeks later by Governor Bibb Graves.

Chief Deputy Bryant had served with the agency for 3.5 years.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1938

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Thank you for your service and today we remind you and your family that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 22, 2020

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