Special Deputy Sheriff James Harris

Special Deputy Sheriff James Harris

Chilton County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, April 3, 1893

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James Harris

Special Deputy Sheriff James Harris was shot and killed in Plantersville while attempting to serve a warrant on a wanted subject.

He had been deputized by a sheriff's deputy who asked him to assist with the arrest. They encountered the man chopping wood. When they told him he was under arrest the man grabbed a shotgun and opened fire, striking Deputy Harris.

The other deputy returned fire as the man fled. The man, 35, remained at large until being arrested in Pensacola, Florida, in December 1893. He was convicted of murder, on May 24, 1894, and sentenced to hang. Governor Thomas G. Jones commuted his sentence to life.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

warrant service

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Special Deputy Sheriff Harris,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chilton County.


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April 3, 2023

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