Deputy Sheriff George Washington Elliott

Deputy Sheriff George Washington Elliott

Winston County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, November 19, 1930

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George Washington Elliott

Deputy George Elliott was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a bootlegging suspect.

Deputy Elliott and another deputy were raiding a still 8 to 10 miles west of Double Springs. The deputies had been watching two men operate the distillery in the woods and decided to arrest them. They ran each in a different direction, a deputy following each man.

Deputy Elliott captured his man, a struggle ensued, and the bootlegger got possession of his gun and killed him with it. The 34-year-old suspect was apprehended in Gadsden on October 28, 1931. He was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 years. He was paroled on December 14, 1934.

Deputy Elliott was survived by his expectant wife, three sons, and five daughters. His fourth son was born five months later.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1934

arrest attempt

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Deputy Elliot deserved better than that. How awful that his murderer was only given 10 years and then was paroled in three years. This was a travesty and we need to make sure this doesn't happen again. What his pregnant wife with 8 children went through.

Ofc. Patrick Reynolds
West Tennessee Detention Facility

January 21, 2022

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