Sheriff William P. Harris

Sheriff William P. Harris

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, November 25, 1912

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William P. Harris

Sheriff William Harris was shot and killed while attempting to seize cotton from a man who had an outstanding legal debt of $400.

The sheriff had gone to the man's home to seize the cotton several days earlier but was confronted by the man and his two sons.

The sheriff returned the following Monday with a small posse to seize the cotton and arrest the man and his sons for resisting the seizure the previous week. When they arrived at the man's farm, they found that the cotton had been put behind a locked gate. As one of the posse members arrested one of the sons, the father opened fire with a shotgun, striking Sheriff Harris in the face, killing him.

Another posse member returned fire, seriously wounding the killer.

Sheriff Harris was survived by his wife and several children and is buried in Blocker Cemetery, Olive Branch, Desoto County, Mississippi.


  • Age 47
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and wounded

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