Special Deputy Sheriff
Burke Williams
Grant County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday, July 17, 1945

Age: 37
Served: 7 years
Badge #:
Panel 51W, Line 28 (2012)
Included (2012)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Gunfire (Accidental)
Date/Time of Incident:
Tuesday, July 17, 1945
09:50 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Alley west of Forrest Avenue, north of 1st Street, Marion
Incident County:
Grant
Incident Township:
Franklin
Weapon Used:
Officer's handgun
Suspect Disposition:
None
Burial Place:
Estates of Serenity, Marion

   Special Deputy Sheriff Burke Williams was accidentally shot and killed by another deputy as they attempted to arrest a burglary suspect.

   After receiving a tip the suspect was going to meet his wife, the deputies waited for his arrival. As the 42-year-old man was being placed in handcuffs, the subject resisted.

   The second deputy drew his .38-caliber weapon and it accidentally discharged, striking Special Deputy Williams in the head.

   He was taken to a hospital where he died an hour later.

   Special Deputy Williams was survived by his wife, son and mother.



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