Albert Woodard McCorkle
Shelby County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, October 10, 1880

Age: 32
Served: 3 years, 9 months
Badge #:
Panel 10W, Line 11
Panel L30, Line 1

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Saturday, October 9, 1880
03:45 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
1 day
Incident Location:
Broadway Street near Harrison Street, Shelbyville
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
Discharged in 1885
Burial Place:
Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville
(unmarked grave)

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   Sheriff Albert McCorkle died the day after suffering a gunshot wound while removing two subjects from Hardebeck's Saloon.

   He had escorted the intoxicated brothers, who had been involved in a large brawl with other patrons, from the saloon and ordered them to go home.

   Once outside, words were exchanged as they walked away when one brother drew a pistol and fired. Sheriff McCorkle was shot in the chest and died the following morning.

   The 17-year-old suspect fled the scene and was able to elude capture despite a $1,000 reward until he surrendered in October 1883. He was later convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to two years in prison and discharged in 1885.

   Sheriff McCorkle was in his second two-year term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.

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