Deputy Sheriff William Howell, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Howell, Jr.

Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 2008

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William Howell, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff William Howell was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance on Boyer Road at approximately 1:30 am.

Deputy Howell was approaching the home to assist the female victim remove belongings when the male subject opened fire with a shotgun, striking him in the neck.

The suspect, who was out of jail on bond on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill, was then run over and killed by his wife as she attempted to leave the home.

Deputy Howell had served with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office for three years and had served in law enforcement for a total of 16 years, having served as a jailer at the Berkeley County Detention Center from 1993 to 2000, with the Moncks Corner Police Department, the South Carolina Department of Corrections, the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and as an officer with the Jamestown Police before taking a position with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Howell is survived by his wife and four sons.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 124

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Killed by a civilian

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On Saturday, May 3, 2008, Deputy Sheriff William Howell, Jr. of the Orangeburg County, South Carolina, Sheriff's Office was murdered by a worthless coward as he was protecting a victim of domestic violence.
It was my privilege to ride in Deputy Howell’s honor during the 2009 Police Unity Tour and meet his family at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC.
God bless you and your family Deputy Sheriff Howell. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

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Parsippany Police Department

May 3, 2021

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