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Apr. 07, 1899
Caucasian Male / 45 yrs. of age
Washington Parish Sheriff's Office
Homicide - Gun
On The Job:
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Fri. Apr. 07, 1899
Sheriff Henry Burkhalter was accidentally shot and killed when a deputy's shotgun discharged. Sheriff Burkhalter was riding with a posse in search of several family members wanted for murder. One of the deputies was dismounting his horse when his shotgun was knocked against the saddle. The impact forced one of the hammers down and caused the shotgun to discharge. The blast struck Sheriff Burkhalter in the chest.
Sheriff Burkhalter had served with the Washington Parish Sheriff's Department for 7 years. He was survived by his wife and six children and is buried in Ellis Cemetery, Franklinton, Washington Parrish, Louisiana.p