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- Aug. 26, 1951 -
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Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office Agency Patch
Resided: GA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Aug. 26, 1951
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: Ben Hill County Sheriff's Office
GA   USA
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Jailer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: GA   USA   Sun. Aug. 26, 1951
Summary: Jailer Smith and Sheriff James Griner were shot and killed after they stopped a vehicle to search for whiskey. The suspect opened fire on both men, killing Jailer Smith and mortally wounding Sheriff Griner. The sheriff was transported to an Atlanta hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later.

After hiding in a south Georgia swamp for three weeks, the suspect surrendered to a Georgia state trooper. On April 23, 1952, he was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison April 3, 1959.

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