Deputy Sheriff William Arron Dameron

Deputy Sheriff William Arron Dameron

Gaston County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, October 25, 1935

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William Arron Dameron

Deputy Dameron was shot and killed in Bessemer City while serving a warrant on a man to appear in court on charges of carrying a concealed weapon.

Deputy Dameron had been accompanied to the home by a Bessemer City police officer. The city officer went to the front door as Deputy Dameron went to the rear door. The suspect came out of the rear door and opened fire on Deputy Dameron with a shotgun, killing him, and then fled the scene.

The next day the suspect was captured by a farmer several miles north of Bessemer City. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison on January 17, 1936. A few weeks later, he was transferred from the state prison to the state mental hospital in Goldsboro and died there on May 19, 1940.

Deputy Dameron was survived by his wife.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 30 years

warrant service, weapons violation

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My mother told us her children through the years what happened to her father, Aaron Dameron ...He went to arrest Gamble Starnes and he shot through the door and killed her father in 1935...I was born 1944 and never got to meet him so she knew the truth. They deputized 150 men to hunt him down and many wanted to hang him a famer in the field caught him and they had to take him on the back roads to Raleigh, NC End of story..

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Judy Lutz Bradley , Granddaughter

May 22, 2022

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