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Chief of Police Willard Wayne Hathaway | Sharpsburg Police Department, North Carolina Sharpsburg Police Department, North Carolina

Chief of Police

Willard Wayne Hathaway

Sharpsburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, July 18, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 601

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 7/17/1997

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to two life sentences

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Chief Willard Hathaway succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day after responding to a domestic dispute call. The suspect also shot and killed his wife during the incident.

The suspect was apprehended following a search involving several hundred officers. On November 10, 1999, the suspect was found guilty of two counts of first degree murder. On November 18, 1999, he was given two death sentences for the murder of his wife and Chief Hathaway, but the death sentence was overturned and he was sentenced to two life sentences.

Chief Hathaway had served as chief of the 6-man department for 25 years. He is survived by his son.

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18 years later you are still missed, but live in our hearts forever!

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