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Police Officer Wade Hampton Patterson | Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

Police Officer

Wade Hampton Patterson

Aiken Department of Public Safety, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, November 17, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 35 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Sentenced to 7 years

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Officer Patterson was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man he had encountered earlier in the day. During the first encounter Officer Patterson warned the man not to come near his dog as it may bite him. The man responded by cursing and yelling at him. During the second encounter another quarrel ensued and Officer Patterson attempted to place the man under arrest. The suspect gave Officer Patterson $5.00 for his appearance bond and then pulled out a revolver and shot Officer Patterson.

The suspect was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Officer Patterson had been with the agency for 35 years and was survived by his wife and five children.

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