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Deputy Sheriff William Ezra Stiltner | Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

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William Ezra Stiltner

Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch: Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 21

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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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.

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