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Constable Willis Bernice Herrington | Simpson County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Simpson County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Constable

Willis Bernice Herrington

Simpson County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, April 13, 1951

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Executed in 1952

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Constable Herrington was shot and killed while attempting to serve a writ on a man allowing seizure of a wagon on which 25 dollars was owed. When the man interfered Constable Herrington and his brother tried to arrest him. The man resisted, ran into his house, grabbed a shotgun and opened fire killing Constable Herrington instantly and seriously wounding his brother.

The 24-year-old suspect was apprehended two days later near Prentiss. He was convicted of murder and executed in the electric chair on July 25, 1952.

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Officer Herrington your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Thank you for your dedicated service to Simpson County and the citizens you were sworn to protect! Continue to rest in peace my fellow LE brother!
"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of GOD." Matthew 5:9

Corporal Tony Dunn
Mississippi Highway Patrol, Troop D
April 13, 2016

 

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