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Deputy Sheriff Walter W. Willis | Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

Deputy Sheriff

Walter W. Willis

Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, December 2, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Walter Willis was shot and killed while raiding a still near Willis Gap. He was approaching the still when he was shot in the back by a suspect armed with a .22 caliber rifle.

Deputy Willis crawled one-half mile to a nearby house, where he died a short time later. Before passing away he was able to identify the suspect. The man was arrested a short time later. He was convicted of Deputy Willis' murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Willis was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters, father, and brother.

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I am very sad to hear of your loss.
I retired from Law enforcement and moved from NC to ID.
We share the same name of Walt W. Willis and my grandfather's name was Carles E. Willis from NC.
We are family for sure as peace officers and as kin.

Supervisor TSA walt willis
DHS retired
April 27, 2013


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