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Lieutenant William Louis Skinner | Jackson Police Department, Mississippi Jackson Police Department, Mississippi


William Louis Skinner

Jackson Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Thursday, August 19, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/18/1971

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Paroled

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Lieutenant William Skinner was shot and killed during a standoff with a group of militants who were barricaded in a house. Lieutenant Skinner was standing beneath a tree when he was struck in the head by a single round that had been fired from underneath the house.

Another Jackson officer and a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent were also wounded during the shootout.

Eleven suspects were arrested and charged with Lieutenant Skinner's murder. Only a few of the suspects were convicted and sentenced to very short sentences.

Lieutenant Skinner had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by three sons, all of whom became law enforcement officers.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.

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I remember that day well !!!

Det. Joe Husbands
March 27, 2017


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