Sheriff Jay Lemeul Forehand

Sheriff Jay Lemeul Forehand

Liberty County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 29, 1919

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Jay Lemeul Forehand

Sheriff Forehand was shot and killed as he and a deputy attempted to arrest a suspect wanted for attempted murder. The suspect was arrested three days later and taken to the Gadsden County Jail. He was convicted of Sheriff Forehand's murder and sentenced to death and executed.

Sheriff Forehand was survived by his wife and five young children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed

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With this past week being Police Appreciation Week, I was re-reading the account of my great-grandfather, Sheriff Jay Lemuel Forehand and stumbled on this reflection page. I was touched by those (some who are my family and some who I do not know) that have taken time to honor my great-grandfather for his ultimate sacrifice. I, too, would like to say thank you. I am the granddaughter of Orsdell Forehand. I am also the proud mother of Dhenin Forehand Brock, who is also in law enforcement. I pray daily for his continued safety.

Melissa Forehand Brock

May 18, 2020

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