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Deputy Sheriff William G. Ezell, Sr. | Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

Deputy Sheriff

William G. Ezell, Sr.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, April 14, 1934

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 4/9/1934

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Deputy Sheriff William Ezell was accidentally shot and killed while attempting to hurriedly load a machine gun after several officers encountered members of the Dillinger Gang.

Two patrol officers had encountered four members of the gang parked in front of a drug store. The gang members held the two officers at gunpoint, using a machine gun, and ordered them back into their car before they fled. The two officers alerted the department and Deputy Ezell, along with a detective, were attempting to load their machine gun to join the chase when it discharged. Deputy Ezell was struck in the chest with a .45 caliber round. He succumbed to his wound three days later.

Deputy Ezell was survived by his wife, two sons, six brothers, and three sisters. He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Nashville, Tennessee.

Led by John Dillinger, the Dillinger Gang was a notorious group of Midwest bank robbers. Associates of the gang were responsible for the fatal shootings of 13 law enforcement officers in 1933 and 1934.

Two infamous members of the gang, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson, were shot and killed by law enforcement officers in separate incidents.

The other gang members were either murdered by criminals, shot and killed by law enforcement officers, executed for their crimes, or sentenced to time in prison.

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Deputy Sheriff William Ezell :
It is so sad that the names of John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson are so known. It is your name Deputy Sheriff William Ezell that should be known. You are a hero and a man to be looked up to. May you rest in peace and thank you and your family for the ultimate sacrifice. WE are a better people today because you walked among us yesterday.

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas
May 26, 2015

 

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