Sergeant William F. Black, Jr.

Sergeant William F. Black, Jr.

Georgia State Patrol, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, December 20, 1940

William F. Black, Jr.

Sergeant William Black was shot and killed near Ringgold by an escaped convict from Missouri after he and his partner stopped the man's vehicle for a traffic violation.

The suspect shot Sergeant Black as he approached the driver's door. The man fled on foot but was arrested after a large manhunt in Georgia and Tennessee. He was sentenced to death and executed for Sergeant Black's murder on March 12, 1943.

Sergeant Black was survived by his wife. He was also a U.S. Army Reserve officer.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 8
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1943

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We thanked Sergeant Black for his dedicated service to the State of Georgia and to our country. May his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Tom Webb, Retired
New York State Police

January 26, 2018

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