Posse Is Still Hunting For Officer’s Slayer

Apprehension of Negro Expected Any Moment Now

Large Posse Surround Two Swaps near Blythewood – Heise in Charge.


Believed that Hunger Will Drive Brown’s Slayer Out of Swaps During Day.

Posse Spreading Out

At 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon a telephone message from Blythewood stated that the posse, several hundred strong, was scouring swamps and planes in upper Richland and was spreading into neighborhood counties, in search of the negro who killed Policeman Henry Brown. Members of the posse had gone towards camden and Blaney, other towards Winnsboro and Chester, and still others towards Newberry, and still others towards Newberry. No “live” trial of the man had been found up to 4 p.m.

Thursday morning saw the search for the negro who killed Policeman Henry Brown early Wednesday morning still in progress near Blythewood, in the upper part of the county, with a posse of officers and men, numbering several hundred, surrounding two large swamps, with men in the swamps, with a pack of bloodhounds on the scene, with plans to get more bloodhounds, with momentary expectation of getting the negro.

It was stated Thursday morning at the Blythewood that Sheriff Heise is in command of the posse, the men having kept up the case for more than twenty-four hours. they expect the negro to come out of the swamp in search of food, and then catch him. the only thing he has been known to eat since he fled from Columbia before daylight Wednesday morning is a watermelon which he picked from a patch when he left the first swamp to which he was traced and entered another, in the direction of Sharp.

It was stated at Blythewood that the bloodhounds which were secured from Newberry were not doing much, and effort is being made to get more.

The officers are confident that the negro is surrounded it was stated, and that they will get him soon. All roads in the Blythwood section, as well as the railroad tracks, are being guarded, and men are posted at intervals all around the two swamps.

One Negro Arrested

Henry Jackson, a negro who was captured seven or eight miles from Pontiac late Wednesday by a party of Colombians as a suspect in connection with the search for the slayer of Policeman Frank Brown, early Wednesday morning, failed of identification at the police station Thursday night. Jackson is still in custody Thursday, but his release is said to be a matter of a few hours, unless additional evidence is produced upon which to hold him for further investigation.

Jackson was found in a negro house in the vicinity of Pontiac by Lutheran Garren, his son, Talley Garren, and Joe Wessinger, inspector in the city garbage department, who was a patrolman with the dead officer many years.

Jackson was naturally very much excited when taken. He declared that he left Columbia Wednesday morning and arrived at Pointiac at about 15 minutes to 12. There for the first time, he learned of the murder of Policeman Frank Brown, a relative reading a newspaper account to him, Jackson declared. It was said, that if he had known of the killing and the subsequent he would not have ventured from his home, on Wayne street, for millions. He carried letters bearing his name, which showed that he had traveled about considerably and the Columbians deemed best to bring him to the city for identification, if possible.

The negro arrived at police headquarters at the time Corner Scott was holding the inquest over the body of the slain policeman. The coroner and jury heard testimony from Roy Lindler, eye witness to the fatal shooting, Policeman McAllister, who relieved Mr. Brown at headquarters, Tuesday night and Military Police Sergeant William F. Ingram. The inquest adjourned to meet again upon call of the coroner.

The principal features of the inquest testimony were whether or not Policeman Brown fired upon his assailant, the details of the fateful encounter as related by the eye witness, Roy Lindler and the pistol of the dead officer, with one unexploded cartridge, and frequent reference to the tireless efforts that the city and rural police, sheriff and the deputies, and especially officers had made since the hour of the tragedy to apprehend the negro who shot the policeman to death.

Solicitor Spigner, as well as Coroner Scott examined the witness.

Dr. W. E. Fulmer described the course of the bullet through the body of Policeman Brown. It entered the region of the heart, death resulting from hemorrhage within not more than five minutes. Dr. Fulmer said the wound, the largest pistol wound he had ever seen, was inflicted with a .45 caliber cartridge.

Policeman McAllister wnet in the police patrol to the 2800 block of Park street, at 12:30, and found Policeman Brown lying dead, his holster on the ground on his left side and his pistol on his right. The car made the run from headquarters in five or seven minutes.

Roy Lindler

Roy Lindler, the eye witness, lives at 914 Columbia avenue, a block from the scene of the killing. At about five minutes after 12 Policeman Brown entered Park street from Columbia avenue. The witness was walking 50 yards behind the policeman. He saw the negro walking up a path around a house near the railroad bridge. Policeman Brown went to the negro, the witness said, and inquired, “What are you dodging around like this for?” The negro turned his face and opened fire. The officer tried to draw his pistol but dropped it and fell. Lindler said the negro fired three shots at the officer. Lindler said he grabbed the negro by the wrist, whereupon the negro fired upon him. Lindler said he ran 50 yards. The negro ran toward the Heise residence. He saw the negro in the light of the electric lamp and would recognize him only by his dark skin, height and clothing. The darky used an automatic and Lindler was positive that Mr. Brown did not shoot.

The murderer wore dark trousers, but no leggins, Lindler said, when pressed for further details of description by Solicitor Spigner. Mr. Brown put his hand on the negro slightly and the negro must have had the automatic in his hand at the time.

William F. Ingram, military police sergeant, was with the part from headquarters, Ross Hedgepath and Policeman McAllister being the other. Witness smelled the gun of the dead officer but did not touch it. It had been recently fired, he believed. He posted the Broad river bridge, the witness said.

Solicitor Spigner in examining witnesses questioned them for details of the police search for the negro, in justice to the efforts, he said to show that they were sparing no efforts or themselves in naming the personnel of his party referred to the chief of police.

“Which chief?” the solicitor inquired, and the witness said that “Both of them” went from the city immediately after the fatal shooting.

August 18, 1921  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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August 18, 1921  Columbia Record (published as The Columbia Record) 
 Columbia, South Carolina
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