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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Officer Shull,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.


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July 23, 2020

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