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Patrolman Willis Jackson Genes | Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

Patrolman

Willis Jackson Genes

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, March 16, 1939

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 12 years

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Patrolman Genes was shot and killed with his own service weapon while arresting a man for drunk and disorderly conduct.

As Patrolman Gense and two other officers took the man down the stairs the man's foot got stuck between two boards. As the officers attempted to free the man's foot he grabbed Patrolman Genes' service weapon and shot him in the back, killing him instantly. The other officers subdued the suspect and transported him to jail.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison May 8, 1939.

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Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06
March 16, 2010

 

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