Patrolman William Dinwiddie

Patrolman William Dinwiddie

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, June 19, 1914

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William Dinwiddie

Patrolman William Dinwiddie succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 14 years earlier when he and Patrolman Robert Saylor were shot after responding to a disturbance at a local tavern.

The suspect involved in the disturbance was the famous outlaw known as Kid Curry. The suspect immediately opened fire on the officers, wounding them both before fleeing.

Patrolman Dinwiddie had served with the Knoxville Police Department for 10 years.

Kid Curry was suspected of be involved with the murders of five law enforcement officers: Sheriff Josiah Hazen of the Converse County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming; Deputy Samuel Jenkins and Sheriff Jesse Tyler of the Grand County Sheriff's Department, Utah; and Patrolman Robert Saylor and Patrolman William Dinwiddie of the Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee.

Kid Curry was arrested after the murders of Patrolman Saylor and Patrolman Dinwiddie. He was convicted of the murders but escaped from the local jail before being transferred to a federal prison.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 13, 1901
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Escaped from prison


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