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Chief of Police Wilbur B. Souter | Ellaville Police Department, Georgia Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

Chief of Police

Wilbur B. Souter

Ellaville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Monday, December 24, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Executed in 1935

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Chief Souter was shot and killed while transporting a 17 year old boy he had arrested for shoplifting to jail. The suspect grabbed the chiefs service revolver and shot him once, killing him instantly. Officers captured the suspect in a swamp near Ellaville the next day.

The suspect was convicted of Chief Souter's murder. He was executed in the electric chair on January 21, 1935.

Chief Souter is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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This is the first time we've ever seen this site. Wilbur B. Souter is my husbands Grandfather. My husband was named for him, Wilbur B. Justice. So great to know that others remember. My husband never knew his grandfather except through his grandmother and it has been wonderful seeing this site. Thank you all.

December 25, 2015


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