Sheriff William B. Mathis

Sheriff William B. Mathis

Lafayette County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Monday, February 25, 1901

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William B. Mathis

Sheriff Mathis was shot and killed by a murder suspect that he and his posse were in pursuit of.

A few hours earlier, the suspect had shot and mortally wounded a naval stores operator in his commissary on the Suwanee River. When Sheriff Mathis came upon the suspect, a demand to surrender was met with gunfire. Sheriff Mathis fell mortally wounded but was able to return fire and killed the suspect.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Sheriff Mathis,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lafayette County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 25, 2021

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