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Sheriff William B. Orange County Sheriff's Office, Virginia


William B. "Willie" Young

Orange County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Friday, May 15, 1936

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sheriff Willie Young was shot and killed while attempting to serve a lunacy warrant on a suspect.

During the arrest the suspect and the suspect's sister opened fire on Sheriff Young's posse, killing him and wounding four other officers. After several hours of trying to talk the suspects out of their house a deputy soaked his shirt in gasoline, lit it on fire, and tossed it onto the house, causing it to catch fire. As the suspects attempted to exit the home they were shot and killed by officers and citizens numbering almost 2,000 people.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
May 15, 2015


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