Deputy Sheriff James George Binnicker

Deputy Sheriff James George Binnicker

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, September 23, 1893

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James George Binnicker

Deputy Sheriff J. George Binnicker was shot and killed by a prisoner who had concocted a ruse as part of a plan to escape custody.

The prisoner had told authorities that he had buried gold in the woods. Deputy Binnicker took the man to the woods to retrieve the gold but the man attacked him and was able to disarm him. The subject shot Deputy Binnicker and then escaped.

Deputy Binnicker developed blood poisoning and died several days later.

The man who shot Deputy Binnicker was arrested, confessed to the murder and was executed by hanging on January 11th, 1894.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1894

escape attempt

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Most of society lives in a world that doesn’t recognize what gives them the comfort they live in. Because of you, and people like you, society can live that way.

You put the badge on to make the community a better place. You put the badge on for justice. You put the badge on to save life. You put the badge on for the principles it represents. The badges didn’t make you a hero, the badge was worn by a hero. To your family, and the generations that followed, thank you for your service. Be proud of this man.

The sorrow we share as a law enforcement family is enormous, but our love of your life is even greater.

Sergeant Christian Yanchula
Forensic Services
Indian River County Sheriff's Office

September 23, 2022

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