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Deputy Sheriff William Paul Starling | New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

William Paul Starling

New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, March 15, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff William Starling was shot and killed at 1:00 am while he and other officers were setting up a roadblock after receiving information about a truck carrying liquor.

When a vehicle was stopped the driver opened fire because he thought that the officers were robbers. The suspect was shot in return fire by the officers.

Deputy Starling was survived by his wife and four children.

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I never had the privledge to know my Grandfather. He died when my father was only 8 years old. I heard and read newspaper stories of what happened the night he died in a gunfight on a bridge entering Wilmington, N.C.
I am very proud of my Grandfather and will always honor him by telling his story to my children and my grandchildren. I never want them to forget the sacrifice that he gave with his life on that dredful night in 1931. We will remember him always.

Susan K. Starling
Granddaughter of Slain New Hanover County Deputy Sheriff William Paul Starling
In Wilmington, N.C.
July 19, 2012


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