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Inspector William E. Payne | Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

Inspector

William E. Payne

Virginia Department of Prohibition Enforcement, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, February 21, 1919

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/21/1919

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Apprehended

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Inspector William Payne was shot and killed at approximately 7:00 pm in the Rosslyn area of Alexandria County (modern day Arlington County) while attempting to arrest a man for possessing whiskey. The man refused to get into the car to go to jail and a struggle ensued. The suspect produced a pistol and shot Inspector Payne in the eye. Another inspector attempted to drive Inspector Payne to Georgetown Hospital but he succumbed to his wound within several minutes of the shooting. The suspect was apprehended the following day.

At the time of his death, Inspector Payne had the highest number of arrests of any inspector in his agency. On April 1, 1918, he had been shot and wounded during a raid in Mecklenburg County.

Inspector Payne was survived by his wife and child and is buried at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

The badge image on this memorial is Inspector Payne's actual badge.

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I am proud to call you my great-grandfather. Generations later, your legacy continues to inspire respect for law enforcement officers and gratitude for the sacrifices they make. My husband is a law enforcement officer, so your sacrifice is never far from my mind. Thank you for your service.

Kimberly Renee Payne Martin Permenter
Great-granddaughter
October 17, 2014

 

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