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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I was told by our instructor this week to find a random name on the GA Peace Officer Memorial here at GPSTC Forsyth and sketch the name into paper. For whatever reason I landed on your name. I read the incident on what happened to you and presented it to my class. Despite you not being here anymore, you are still remembered in stone for all future peace officers to see. Rest in peace and may God bless your family.

J. Bradley
Metro- Rail Police Dept.

June 9, 2021

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