Town Marshal William Joe Giles

Town Marshal William Joe Giles

Winslow Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, October 28, 1905

William Joe Giles

Marshal Giles was shot and killed while attempting to quell an argument in a local saloon. A patron of the saloon and a roulette operator had become engaged in an argument and the patron threatened the operator with a gun. When Marshal Giles asked the man to put his gun away the man shot him four times. Marshal Giles returned fire, but did not strike the suspect, who later turned himself in. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years.

Marshal Giles had been with the agency for less then one year and was survived by his mother, two brothers and four sisters.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 Years

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Although his death was over 100 years ago and the weapons and technology have changed, this brave officer felt what the officers of today feel....wondering if this is going to be the day that he (or she)buys it, wondering if this is the last time he will ever see his family.
Perhaps he said the same kind of prayer I did before every tour, asking God to get me and my brother and sister officers home safely.

Sergeant Jim Lucerino
NYPD Housing Bureau

August 21, 2016

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