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Patrolman Willis Edwin Sanders, Sr. | Anderson Police Department, South Carolina Anderson Police Department, South Carolina


Willis Edwin Sanders, Sr.

Anderson Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, April 15, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1947

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Patrolman Sanders was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at a local business. He and another patrolman were on patrol at 0045 hours when they observed a door to a business that was open. They called for backup and then, when the backup officers arrived, entered the business. As Patrolman Sanders opened an interior door the suspect opened fire, mortally wounding him. The suspect, who was inside the store stealing sugar, was arrested a short time later after other officers fired tear gas into the building.

Patrolman Sanders was transported to Anderson Hospital where he died from his wounds 4 hours later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair July 11, 1947.

Patrolman Sanders had been with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and son.

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Never forgotten , perp got what was coming to him, RIP

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC
April 15, 2017


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