Town Marshal William Bagget

Town Marshal William Bagget

Claxton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1910

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William Bagget

Town Marshal William Bagget was shot and killed when he attempted to arrest a man for speeding in his automobile through Claxton.

He had stopped the man near the intersection of Railroad Street and South Newton Street. When he grabbed the man's arm, the man turned and shot him four times.

On January 17, 1911, the 20-year-old subject, who had fled to another state, voluntarily surrendered to the Tattnall County Sheriff in Savannah. The suspect was charged with murder and released in leu of a $25,000 bond. The suspect, from a prominent and wealthy family, claimed self defense. He was represented at his trial by four attorneys. On April 12, 1912, he was acquitted.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted

traffic stop

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Marshal Bagget,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Claxton.


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January 12, 2020

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