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Sergeant W.C. Stockham | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee


W.C. Stockham

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 22, 1865

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Pistol

Offender: Charged with murder

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Sergeant Stockham was shot and killed by a suspect he was attempting to arrest. Two Patrolmen went to an apartment building after several residents complained about a drunk and disorderly resident. When they arrived the suspect exited his apartment and fought with them. The suspect then pulled a pistol and fired, missing both officers. The suspect fled into his apartment.
The Patrolmen signaled for reinforcements, and Sergeant Stockham arrived with two other officers. The officers again attempted to arrest the suspect and during the struggle the suspect fired again, killing Sergeant Stockham. The other officers continued to struggle with the suspect, shooting him once in the elbow, before they were able to subdue him. The suspect was arrested and charged with murder.
Sergeant Stockham had been with the agency for five months and had served three years in the Union Army prior to his service with the Memphis Police Department.

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Sgt. Stockham,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the Union Army a during the Civil War.


United States Border Patrol
February 22, 2015


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