Deputy Sheriff James Edward Tillotson

Deputy Sheriff James Edward Tillotson

Anderson County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, April 29, 1957

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James Edward Tillotson

Deputy Ed Tillotson was shot and killed when he and another deputy attempted to question a suspect about a theft.

The man suddenly drew a pistol and opened fire on both deputies, killing Deputy Tillotson and wounding the second deputy. The other deputy was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect.

The 38-year-old suspect was captured the next day when he was found hiding in a barn five miles from where he shot Deputy Tillotson. On November 23, 1957, he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. As soon as he heard his sentence, he made a break for freedom but was captured in the courthouse.

Deputy Tillotson had served with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and served in law enforcement for at least 12 years. He was survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. The same day he was killed, his wife became very sick, dying four months later of leukemia.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Thank you for your service to the Citizens of Anderson County.May you be resting in peace.

Retired Deputy Sheriff J.H. Brown, Anderson County Sheriffs Office. South Carolina

April 20, 2022

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