Deputy Sheriff William Ezra Stiltner

Deputy Sheriff William Ezra Stiltner

Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, March 13, 2011

William Ezra Stiltner

Deputies William Stiltner and Cameron Justus were shot and killed after responding to assist other deputies who had been fired at by a sniper at the scene of a larceny in progress call.

Two deputies from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office responded to the call at a car service business in Vansant. When they arrived, they began to search for the suspect when they were shot at from a distance by a suspect with a rifle. Both deputies were able to radio for assistance and crawl to a nearby home and took cover from the sniper.

Deputies Stiltner and Justus, along with members of the Virginia State Police responded to assist. As a perimeter was established to contain and search for the shooter, Deputies Justus and Stiltner were shot and killed by a high-powered rifle.

The suspect fled from a nearby ridge where he had fired from into the woods. He was located standing in front of a nearby house talking on a mobile phone. The suspect was shot and killed after he refused orders to get on the ground and then he drew a handgun on officers.

Deputy Stiltner had served with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 21

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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