Source Type: Newspaper
Place of publication: Mount Carmel Item
Date of publication: 1894

Deputy Sheriff John Cowlett attempted to levy upon a cow owned by Melinda Douglass, an old colored woman, of Sherman, Ala. The woman told her thirteen year-old son Tom to shoot the officer if he attempted to take the cow. As the officer placed a rope on the animal the boy shot him dead. Later the boy resisted arrest when another officer went for him, and was shot and fatally injured.