Patrolman William Morgan Payton

Patrolman William Morgan Payton

West Palm Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 9, 1924

William Morgan Payton

Patrolman William Payton was shot and killed with his own gun by a man while investigating a domestic disturbance at a residence near the intersection of 3rd Street and Division Street.

As he entered the home the man attacked and disarmed him. The man then shot him in the head. Several bystanders took Officer Payton to Good Samaritan Hospital where he died.

The man who shot him fled but was arrestd by a posse. He was convicted of Patrolman Payton's murder.

Officer Payton was a U.S. Army veteran of WWI and had served with the West Palm Beach Police Department for 14 months. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted of murder


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Continue to rest in peace Patrolman Payton, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

February 9, 2013

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