Deputy Sheriff Bruce Williford

Deputy Sheriff Bruce Williford

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, February 2, 1987

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Bruce Williford

Deputy Sheriff Bruce Williford was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a former deputy on misdemeanor warrants at approximately 7:45 am.

When Deputy Williford and his partner arrived on the scene, his partner was taken hostage by the suspect. A call for help was made, and when backup units arrived, the suspect shot Deputy Williford in the chest, fatally wounding him. One of the responding deputies was also shot and wounded. The suspect was later shot and wounded as he attempted to flee the residence. He was taken into custody and received multiple life sentences.

Deputy Williford had served with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for seven years. He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, hostage

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Sadly, I have commented on these forums too many times as to the officers I knew. The "crack wars" were a bad time. I remember the day Bruce was taken from us. I was on 02 beat, D Detail with APD (before metro), and received an officer down broadcast. I'm not sure the pin is correct. It seemed to me like it was on Old Savannah Road for some reason. Unfortunately, we got there too late. He, along with the other officers/deputies at APD/RCSO who paid the ultimate price, will be remembered!

P3 Ryan Getty
Augusta (GA) Police Department/Richmond County Police

December 13, 2023

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