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Town Marshal William Joe Giles | Winslow Police Department, Arizona Winslow Police Department, Arizona

Town Marshal

William Joe Giles

Winslow Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Saturday, October 28, 1905

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 25 Years

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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.

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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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