Patrolman William Kerns

Patrolman William Kerns

Concord Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, September 4, 1899

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William Kerns

Patrolman William Kerns was shot and killed while investigating a disturbance involving several individuals on West Depot Street.

Patrolman Kerns had been on duty at the railroad depot and had gone home just before midnight for his lunch break. A few minutes after he left home to return to duty he encountered three men near his house on West Depot Street who had been drinking and were creating a disturbance. When he attempted to arrest the men one of them produced a pistol and exchanged shots with Patrolman Kerns, killing him.

The suspects all fled the scene but were eventually apprehended. The man who shot Patrolman Kerns was executed by hanging on September 2nd, 1900.

Patrolman Kerns was a part-time officer and was only called to duty when the chief of police was out of town. He was survived by his wife and child.

West Depot Street no longer exists. It was on the opposite side of the railroad tracks from Scott Avenue SW.


  • Age 25
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1900


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Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 4, 2020

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