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Sergeant William F. Black, Jr. | Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

Sergeant

William F. Black, Jr.

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

End of Watch: Friday, December 20, 1940

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 8

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1943

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Sergeant William Black was shot and killed near Ringgold by an escaped convict from Missouri after he and his partner stopped the man's vehicle for a traffic violation.

The suspect shot Sergeant Black as he approached the driver's door. The man fled on foot but was arrested after a large manhunt in Georgia and Tennessee. He was sentenced to death and executed for Sergeant Black's murder on March 12, 1943.

Sergeant Black was survived by his wife. He was also a U.S. Army Reserve officer.

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