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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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 31, 2013

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