Sheriff C. F. "Neil" Grantham

Sheriff C. F. "Neil" Grantham

Coffee County Sheriff's Department, Alabama

End of Watch Thursday, March 1, 1979

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C. F. "Neil" Grantham

Sheriff Neil Grantham was shot and killed by a former prisoner as he arrived at the jail.

Sheriff Grantham ran into a former prisoner who was waiting outside the jail, parked in the sheriff's spot. The man shot the sheriff three times, then sped off to a relative's home, where he sat on the porch and waited for authorities. The sheriff was taken to the Elba General Hospital where he died of several gunshot wounds to the chest.

The suspect was convicted of the sheriff's murder and sentenced to death. In May 2007 the death sentence was overturned.

Bio

  • Age 51
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted

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Sheriff Grantham,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Coffee County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 1, 2019

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