Deputy Sheriff William Loyd Clark

Deputy Sheriff William Loyd Clark

Edgefield County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, November 18, 1941

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William Loyd Clark

Deputy Sheriff William Clark was shot and fatally wounded and Sheriff Ward Allen was shot and killed when they attempted to arrest a man and his wife wanted in a contract killing. When Deputy Clark and Sheriff Allen arrived at the couples home they were ambushed by them and shot. Sheriff Allen was killed instantly. Deputy Clark died two days later.

Both suspects, along with a third man who was involved in the contract killing, were arrested and executed in the electric chair January 15, 1943.

Deputy Clark had served with the Edgefield County Sheriff's Department for 25 years and was survived by his wife and four children. His brother, the ex-sheriff of Edgefield County, was appointed to succeed Sheriff Allen.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 16, 1941
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1943

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Deputy Sheriff Clark,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your Sheriff who was also shot and killed in that incident for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Edgefield County.


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