Sheriff Langston was shot and killed by an escaped Georgia convict at a turpentine camp outside of Spring Hill. The sheriff had received information that the suspect was at a particular location. While Sheriff Langston searched a shed the suspect ambushed him and shot him in the side before escaping.
On June 6, 1909, a mob of men stormed the county jail and lynched the suspect.
Sheriff Langston was survived by his wife and two children.