End of Watch

Deputy Sheriff Thomas G. Blount

Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 17, 1929

Deputy Blount was shot and killed while conducting a raid with several other deputies on a still in the rural community of Bear Head. When they arrived at the scene, they found the still in operation and several suspects fleeing the area. Deputy Blount was chasing one of the suspects on foot when he was ambushed from behind and struck in the back by a blast from 12-gaugeshotgun fired by one of the other suspects. Three brothers were arrested and charged with his murder.

The charges against two were dismissed and the third one was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years. He received a conditional pardon on March 24, 1934, at which time he was released from custody.

Deputy Blount had served with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office for only two weeks. He was survived by his wife and five children.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Blount

Published by Mike Simmons

I am a retired sergeant with the Pensacola Police Department. I currently work as a coordinator at the George Stone Criminal Justice Training Center. I am married to the former Jerri Crabtree. We have three grown children and seven grandchildren. I volunteer with a boys' mentoring program known as "Royal Rangers."

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