Officer John Riley Manning

Officer John Riley Manning

Bessemer Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Friday, April 5, 1889

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John Riley Manning

Officer Manning was shot and killed at a suspect's home while attempting to serve a warrant. The suspect had threatened to kill another man earlier in the day and was armed with a Winchester rifle.

Officer Manning and two other officers went to the man's shack and called out to him to come out. The man stated he was looking for a match to light a lantern. After a few moments the man opened the door and asked Officer Manning for a match. Officer Manning gave the man a match and the man closed the door and lit the light. A few moments later he opened the door again and as Officer Manning stepped inside the man shot him in the chest with the Winchester rifle, killing him instantly.

The other officers returned fire but the suspect was able to escape the scene. The man was arrested and charged with Officer Manning's murder. He was sentenced to death and executed by hanging on May 9, 1890.

Officer Manning had served with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his mother, parents, brothers, and sisters.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Executed in 1890

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Officer Manning,
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 Bessemer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 5, 2019

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