Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 1 month
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: sentenced to 115 years
Deputy William Land was shot and killed while responding to a silent alarm at a local bank. As he and another deputy ran up to the bank a lone gunman shot him through the glass front door. After the gunman and the other deputy exchanged several gun shots the gunman came to the door holding the bank manager hostage. The gunman ordered the deputy to handcuff himself to a porch rail and then forced the bank manager to drive him north on N.C. 54 in the bank manager's vehicle. After being chased a few miles by several state troopers the gunman ordered the bank manager to stop. The gunman refused to release his hostage and surrender when ordered to do so by the troopers. At this point the bank manager grabbed the gunman's gun and drove into a nearby ditch. Several troopers forced their way into the vehicle; subdued the gunman; and took him into custody.
The suspect was convicted of first degree murder, bank robbery, assault, and kidnaping. He was sentenced to 115 years in prison. He was released from prison on August 9, 1993.