Correctional Officer William C. Shull

Correctional Officer William C. Shull

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Thursday, July 23, 1970

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William C. Shull

Officer Shull was beaten and stabbed to death at Soledad Prison by inmates in retaliation for the deaths of three inmates the previous year. Officer Shull was stabbed more than forty times with a metal file which had been sharpened into a shank.

Officer John Mills was beaten to death on January 16, 1970, in retaliation for the same three deaths.

On July 21, 1971, Officer Leo Davis was stabbed to death at the San Quentin State Prison while guarding a prisoner who was a witness to Officer Shull's murder. Three inmates were attempting to gain access to the prisoner's hospital cell to murder him and attacked Officer Davis in an attempted to get his keys.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Not available

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Dad You alway said there are good in everyone it’s guidance that parent must show to their children... Thank you for being a good father who believe in us and who gave great guidance. Thank you for being a Godly man, who talk us to respect all those who deserve respect. Thank you for being fair to everyone. You was killed during a time of a lot of HATE but that morning when you took me to summer school, you went to your job on your day off will alway be in my memory.. You never got to see the pen set I made for you, I miss taking all of us children to the beach. You alway said those who hate because who you are ethnically live in a small square but those who see you as a good person live in the largest world. You believe in your faith, your country, your integrity and your community. You legacy has touch so many people and I am proud that I continue on with the love you gave. Dad I miss you but your kindness lives on in me

Sarah Warren

October 5, 2020

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