Trooper George Tillman Radford

Trooper George Tillman Radford

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 29, 1988

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George Tillman Radford

Trooper George Radford was shot and killed while on duty. The suspect had submerged his body in a pond off of SC Highway 34, where it was found the following day.

The suspect in his murder was found not guilty in his fifth trial in 1999. He had been found guilty in two previous trials and the other two trials resulted in hung juries.

Trooper Radford had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, mother, and three siblings.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 699

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Acquitted after five trials

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KJV Bible:
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Rest easy, your watch is covered.

Ron Cook Sr. SLED Ret.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)

June 3, 2020

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