Patrolman Billy Doyle Patterson

Patrolman Billy Doyle Patterson

Columbia Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, May 8, 1989

Billy Doyle Patterson

Patrolmen Billy Patterson and Wayne Henebry were shot and killed after Patrolman Patterson had made a traffic stop.

The man he had stopped had previously stated that he would kill the first police officer he saw. As a gunfight ensued, Patrolman Patterson called for assistance. Patrolman Henebry arrived and both officers were shot and killed. The suspect then went to his wife's house in order to kill her as well. However, his son was at the house and shot and killed the man.

Patrolman Patterson had served with the Columbia Police Department for 12 years and had previously served with the United States Navy in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge PD14
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Billy Patterson was a very good friend of mine . We were soldiers in the Mississippi National Guard. We would go in the field and spend tactical time doing Bangalore’s and the likes. He was a very kind and well educated in the explosive field of clearing and building roads for the Engineer battalion. In Columbia. You will be dearly missed brother . Rest In Peace .

SP 4 John Higgins Ms Ntl Grd

November 14, 2018

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