“Harrison Swilley – 11/1/1894-12/18/1894”

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Tuskaloosa Gazette
Place of publication: Tuscaloosa, AL
Date of publication: Nov 22, 1894 12:00 am

HARRISON SWILLEY SHOT. Harrison Swilley, a negro man who is probably known in Tuskaloosa was shot and instantly killed at Hull’s Sunday morning by Mr N T Clements. It seems that Swilley got drunk in Tuskaloosa last Thursday and returning home got quite boisterous. He was, the cause of Mr. Clements’ borses running away and the latter reprimanded him. It is said that Swilley made several threats about “having it out” with Mr. Clements. Several heard these threats and communicated them to Mr. Clements Sunday morning Swilley came to Mr. Clements’ home and called him out. Mr. Clements, remembering the threats, armed himself with a shotgun before going out. When he approached the gate the negro put his hand back as though to draw a weapon and Mr. Clements aimed his gun and fired. Swilley was shot in the face and died in a short time. As he lay there a pistol was seen in his hip pocket. Squire Blocker was the first to get to the man and we have learned the facts from him. Mr Clements bas not been arrested.