Sheriff William Brewer Shirey

Sheriff William Brewer Shirey

Troup County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Monday, February 26, 1917

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William Brewer Shirey

Sheriff Shirey was shot and killed when he was ambushed while attempting to destroy a still in rural Troup County. Eleven suspects were apprehended the following day. At least two of the suspects were convicted of Sheriff Shirey's murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to life. The second suspect was sentenced to death and was hung on Court Square on July 26, 1917.

Sheriff Shirey had served as the Sheriff of Troup County for three years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1917

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Our thanksfor the service of Sheriff William Shirey on this, the 100th anniversary of his death. The Thin Blue Line survives.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

February 26, 2017

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