Patrolman Willis Edwin Sanders, Sr.

Patrolman Willis Edwin Sanders, Sr.

Anderson Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, April 15, 1947

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Willis Edwin Sanders, Sr.

Patrolman Sanders was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at a local business. He and another patrolman were on patrol at 0045 hours when they observed a door to a business that was open. They called for backup and then, when the backup officers arrived, entered the business. As Patrolman Sanders opened an interior door the suspect opened fire, mortally wounding him. The suspect, who was inside the store stealing sugar, was arrested a short time later after other officers fired tear gas into the building.

Patrolman Sanders was transported to Anderson Hospital where he died from his wounds 4 hours later.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and executed in the electric chair July 11, 1947.

Patrolman Sanders had been with the agency for 10 years and was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1947

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