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Police Officer William Alvah Clyde | Sumter Police Department, South Carolina Sumter Police Department, South Carolina

Police Officer

William Alvah Clyde

Sumter Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 21, 1908

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/20/1908

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Never apprehended

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Police Officer William Clyde was shot and killed in the area of Bradford Springs, South Carolina, while attempting to arrest a fugitive who had escaped from a chain gang two months earlier.

He had obtained information that the subject was at a home in the area and went to that location along with a constable to locate him. As they searched the house Officer Clyde found the man hiding under a bed and called out to him to surrender.

The man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer Clyde in the abdomen. The constable pulled Officer Clyde to safety and then went to alert a doctor. Officer Clyde died from his wound two hours later.

The subject who shot him fled the scene and it is unknown if he was ever captured. A female occupant of the house was charged with being an accomplice before the fact.

Police Officer Clyde was survived by his wife and young child. He was predeceased by a 2-year-old daughter.

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