Deputy Sheriff William Lonnie Wadford, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Lonnie Wadford, Jr.

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, March 8, 1979

William Lonnie Wadford, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Wadford was shot and killed by a suspect that had stolen a gun from the Deputy's patrol car earlier that same night. Deputy Wadford had parked his patrol car in front of a club. He entered the club to make sure they were observing the closing hour law. While inside the club a male broke into Deputy Wadford's car and stole a .357 revolver.

Deputy Wadford and the club owner left the club to look for the suspect. Later in the night they found him, and stopped his vehicle. As Deputy Wadford approached the suspect’s vehicle he was shot and killed with the stolen gun. The club owner returned fire, but the suspect escaped.

Hearing of the shooting another officer set up a roadblock, but was shot and wounded when the suspect approached. The suspect was apprehended later in the night. He was convicted of shooting the highway patrol officer and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Deputy Wadford had served with the agency for 20 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

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Deputy Wadford You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your dedicated service! Continue to rest in peace!

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D

March 9, 2015

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