Deputy Sheriff Elmer Willis

Deputy Sheriff Elmer Willis

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, August 5, 1974

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Elmer Willis

Deputy Sheriff Elmer Willis was shot and killed while seated in his patrol car during a traffic stop on Pump Station Road.

Two subjects opened fire on him, striking him in the back and neck five times. One of the men died in prison while serving his sentence for Deputy Willis' murder.

Deputy Willis was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Madison County Sheriff's Office for one year. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 721
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Deceased

traffic stop

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Elmer worked for my Dad, Sheriff Jack Fortson. I was 14 when he was killed. Elmer was always smiling and laughing. He would always cut up with me when I would come by the office. My Mother worked in the office too so I was there often. Elmer’s death hit everyone in the office hard. He was very well liked by all.

Keith Fortson Not a Police Officer

February 24, 2020

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