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Description: Murder at Alamo – Dan Guthrie KilledDate: August 29 1913
Newspaper published in: Columbia, TN
Page/Column: Page 12, Column 5
OFFICERS SHOT AT LAFAYETTE
DEPUTY SHERIFF BOWMAN IS KILLED
AND DEPUTY JONES WOUNDED.
LAFAYETTE, Tenn., Aung. 2—In bloody tragedy which occurred here Friday at the entrance to the fair grounds, where the Macon county fair is being held, Deputy Sheriff John Bowman was shot and killed and Deputy Sheriff Harde Jones was shot and dangerously wounded by Charlie Jones and Sam Jones, a brother of Charlie, was shot in the leg by Deputy Sheriff Harde Jones.
It was reported to the officers that there was a disturbance of some sort at the entrance to the fair grounds, Sam Jones being a factor in the trouble, and they went there to arrest him. Their attempt to arrest Sam enraged his brother and he opened fire on the officers with his revolver. Bowman was shot in the breast, then in his sides, and after he fell to the ground, Charlie walked up to him and shot him through the head, killing him instantly. Charlie Jones fired twice at Harde Jones, one of the bullets striking him in the arm and the other in his side above the hip, and it is supposed lodged in his hip.
Harde Jones is dangerously wounded, but it is thought he may recover. No other shots were fired in the encounter except one by Deputy Sheriff Harde Jones, who shot Sam Jones in the leg.
After the shooting Charlie ran to the rear of the fair grounds, where he was arrested by Sheriff Haynes. On being arrested he is reported to have said to the sheriff:
"If my ammunition hadn’t given out I would have killed the whole bunch of officers.”