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 Willis Sanders was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at the Anderson Creamery at 412 North Main Street.

He and another patrolman were on patrol at 12:45 am 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 four hours later.

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

Patrolman Sanders had served with the Anderson Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, son, father, two brothers, and sister.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Patrolman Sanders,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anderson. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 15, 2022

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