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Sheriff William W. Withers | Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon


William W. Withers

Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch: Saturday, February 7, 1903

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 5 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1903

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Sheriff William Withers was shot and killed in Walton, Oregon, while attempting to arrest a man wanted in Jackson County for stealing horses. Sheriff Withers and a deputy had gone to a home where the suspect was believed to be located. As the deputy went to watch the back door Sheriff Withers knocked on the front door.

When the sheriff entered the home a struggle ensued and he was shot in the throat. The suspect named in the warrant fled and jumped a train to Cottage Grove. He was located four days later by a posse after jumping a second train in Cottage Grove. He was returned to Eugene where he was convicted of murder. He was hanged behind the Lane County Courthouse on April 17, 1903.

Sheriff Withers had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife and son, and his parents and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Eugene, Lane County, Oregon.

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I am a retired Sergeant from the LCSO and about 10 years ago I read a a paperback book on Aheriff Whither's life. I have not been able to locate it. If anyone knows where I could get a copy please let me know.

Sgt Matt Jeetle
Lane County Sheriff's Office.
October 4, 2014


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