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Constable William M. Arthur | Clay County Constable's Office, West Virginia Clay County Constable's Office, West Virginia


William M. Arthur

Clay County Constable's Office, West Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, September 17, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 6 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Constable William Arthur was shot and killed as he and other officers attempted to arrest two robbery suspects at Dorsee, West Virginia.

As the officers attempted the arrest the two men opened fire, killing Constable Arthur. Both suspects were wounded by return fire. One of them was arrested at the scene while the other one fled into the nearby woods.

The second suspect was apprehended three days later near Broad Tree in Nicholas County. He admitted to officials that he fired the shot that killed Constable Arthur. He was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Constable Arthur had served as an elected constable for six years. He was survived by his wife.

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Constable Arthur,
Sir, it has taken over 81 years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clay County.


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November 18, 2012


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