Johnathan R. Armstrong
Madison County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, March 9, 1919

Age: 42
Served: 1 month
Badge #:
Not Included
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Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, March 9, 1919
11:15 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
461 Meridian Street, Anderson
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Suspect Disposition:
No charges filed
Burial Place:
Grove Lawn Cemetery, Pendleton

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   Turnkey Johnathan Armstrong died after falling while moving a prisoner in the Madison County Jail.

   He was escorting a 19-year-old prisoner to another cell for an investigation of his mental condition. While holding the man's arm, the prisoner suddenly moved.

   Turnkey Armstrong fell to the floor and struck his head on an iron post protruding three inches from the cement floor, rendering him unconscious.

   He died of a skull fracture minutes later. The coroner subsequently ruled his death was accidental and no charges were filed.

   Turnkey Armstrong, from Anderson, was survived by his wife and parents.

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This officer, discovered in 2023, has not been submitted for consideration as an eligible line of duty death to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

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