Deputy Sheriff William G. Truesdale

Deputy Sheriff William G. Truesdale

Alexandria Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, January 27, 1981

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William G. Truesdale

Deputy Sheriff William Truesdale was shot and killed with his own weapon while transporting prisoners from court back to the old city jail on Princess Street. One of the prisoners overpowered Deputy Truesdale and shot him with his own weapon. The suspect then shot his handcuffs off and attempted to flee but was immediately apprehended.

The suspect was sentenced to death in April 1981 and executed on October 17, 1990.

Deputy Truesdale had served with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and four children. His youngest son, who was only six months old at the time of his murder, was sworn in as a deputy with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office on June 27th, 2012.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Executed

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It strikes me that your murderer, while on Death Row, worked to prevent some of the other inmates from harming captured guards and raping a female nurse during a prison escape/hostage situation. Where was this compassion for others' lives when he aimed that gun at you and pulled the trigger?

Rest in peace and thank you for your service.


April 26, 2014

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