||Officer Neill A. Yarborough, Sr.|
January 25, 1925
Officer Neill A. Yarborough, Sr. had only been a State Highway Officer for a few months and was still commissioned
as a Bossier Parish Deputy. Bossier City Town Marshall George Huckaby and Bossier City Police Officer Jobe Wilson had
received information that Joe Airey, a fugitive from Caddo Parish, was at the Buckhall Plantation north of Bossier
City. They requested assistance from the Bossier Sheriff's department, but no help was available at the time.
Officer Yarborough was asked to assist Marshall Huckaby and Officer Wilson effect an arrest, a job Neill readily
accepted since he had helped the Caddo and Bossier Sheriff's departments many times before. Officer Yarborough, ignoring
the pleading of his wife not to go, left with the two officers and proceeded to the Buckhall Plantation.
The three officers arrived at the Buckhall Plantation at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wilson and Huckaby went to the
front of the house. Neill Yarborough watched the rear. When Wilson and Huckaby knocked on the front door, the Caddo
Parish escapee bolted out of the rear of the house, spotted Yarborough, and opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun.
Yarborough died minutes later of a bullet wound near his heart. Airey was captured the next day at a cabin 1½ miles
away. He was shot twice by deputies while trying to flee, then lynched and riddled with bullets by a mob before deputies
could drive him to the Benton jail.
At the time of his death, Neill A. Yarborough, Sr. was 32 years old and had been employed as a State Highway Officer
for three months.