Patrolman Willie Edward Peeples

Patrolman Willie Edward Peeples

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, June 8, 1979

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Willie Edward Peeples

Patrolman Peeples was shot and killed during a high-speed pursuit of a motorcyclist on I-95 near Walterboro. Due to some problem with the motorcycle the man was forced to stop. As Patrolman Peeples got out of his car the suspect shot him three times and then ran into a nearby woods. Officers, with the use of bloodhounds, apprehended the suspect a few hours later.

The 24-year-old suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was granted a new trial after the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled his first trial was mishandled. The suspect who claimed he shot Patrolman Peeples because he shot at him first was acquitted and released from prison on November 10, 1981.

On August 26, 1987, he beat a 16-year-old boy at his home in Walterboro leaving him in critical condition. He then forced a woman into his car and drove away in a very intoxicated condition. Minutes later he hit a car head on occupied by three women, leaving one in critical condition. The 38-year-old woman died in a hospital a month later.

The suspect was convicted on kidnapping, manslaughter, deadly assault, and sentenced to life without parole. In 2021 he was in prison.


  • Age 30
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Acquitted

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Rest in peace always and know that your law enforcement brethren will never, ever forget your heroic sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 8, 2021

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