Deputy Sheriff William Burleson

Deputy Sheriff William Burleson

Avery County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, April 26, 1923

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William Burleson

Deputy Sheriff William Burleson was shot and killed while investigating a possible illegal moonshine still near the North Carolina - Tennessee border.

While attempting to locate the source of the wood smoke Deputy Burleson was either ambushed or stumbled across the suspect(s) and was shot once in the abdomen. A guide ran for help but due to the remote location a rescue was delayed. Deputy Burleson was taken to his cousin's home where he succumbed to his wound six hours later.

The suspect(s) were never identified or apprehended and the case remains open.

Deputy Burleson had served with the Avery County Sheriff's Office for five years. He was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Never identified

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighty-sixth anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my cherished son Larry Lasater who was a fellow police officer 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.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 27, 2009

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