Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Bishop

Deputy Sheriff William Thomas Bishop

Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, May 2, 1997

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William Thomas Bishop

Deputy Jailer William Bishop was shot and killed while escorting two prisoners to a local dentist office.

While the inmates were being examined by the dentist, one of them pulled out a small handgun he had concealed and forced the dentist to call the deputy into the room. Deputy Bishop was shot once in the back and as he was laying on the floor. Then he was then shot again in the head and killed.

The killer was caught a short time later after a brief chase. He was convicted of the deputy's murder and sentenced to death in November 1998.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 613

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Deputy Sheriff Bishop,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Fayette County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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May 2, 2022

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