Sheriff William L. Hattaway

Sheriff William L. Hattaway

Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 24, 1919

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William L. Hattaway

Sheriff Hattaway was shot and killed while arresting a suspect for possessing illegal whiskey. Sheriff Hattaway and another officer had gone to the man's home at around noon to serve the warrant when the shooting occurred. The man suddenly produced a pistol and opened fire, striking Sheriff Hattaway. Although mortally wounded, Sheriff Hattaway was able to return fire, striking the suspect five times, and killing him.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 1

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage, sacrifice and service. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 24, 2019

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