Officer R.N. Deaver
March 6, 1915
Officer Deaver was killed one
Saturday morning after a gunman opened fire at what is now the Dunwoody
building at Gloucester and Newcastle Streets.
Monroe Phillips, 50, went on a rampage in downtown Brunswick, killing Deaver and four others
and wounding thirty, before being killed himself by the city officer. Phillips, a sawmill owner and lumber
businessman, had worked out a lumber deal that fell through. Upset and despondent over the failed deal,
Phillips came to Brunswick to speak to local attorney and politician Harry F.
Dunwoody. Phillips went to the upstairs
office and shots rang out. Killed were:
Dunwoody, George Asbell, L.C. Padgett, Hacket,
Phillips and Deaver.
Deaver was a young officer who had only been
on the Brunswick police force for sixty days. Deaver arrived at
the scene and crept up to Phillips and fired several shots at him. Phillips was able to get off a shotgun blast
however which struck Deaver in the chest. Deaver died on the
way to the hospital.