Incident DetailsCause of Death:
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, a Democrat from Shelbyville, was in the second year of his second, two-year term in office as the 17th sheriff of Shelby County. He was survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter.