Sheriff Jack W. Williams

Sheriff Jack W. Williams

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Friday, December 30, 1898

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Jack W. Williams

Sheriff Jack Williams and Deputy James Lamer were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect.

The man opened fire on the officers. Sheriff Williams and Deputy Lamer were shot and killed. A Seaside constable was also shot and wounded but was able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Sheriff Williams was the first sheriff to be killed in Oregon to be killed in the line of duty. He had served with the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for over two years.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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Sheriff Williams,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clatsop County.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(retired)

December 30, 2023

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