Deputy Sheriff Francis Marion Alford

Deputy Sheriff Francis Marion Alford

James County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, July 4, 1912

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Francis Marion Alford

Deputy Sheriff Francis Alford was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was shooting his guns in the air near a picnic in Birchwood.

Deputy Alford deputized a citizen to help him arrest the man. As they approached him the man shot Deputy Alford in the head, killing him. The man was arrested after engaging in a shootout with the deputized civilian.

The man was convicted of Deputy Alford's murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

weapons violation

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