Special Deputy Sheriff William C. Callihan

Special Deputy Sheriff William C. Callihan

Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, February 24, 1923

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William C. Callihan

Special Deputy Sheriff William Callihan was shot and fatally wounded by a bootlegger he was attempting to arrest near Victory Mill Village (modern-day Lakedale).

He was taken to Highsmith Hospital in Fayetteville, where he died four hours later.

The suspect was apprehended one week later, convicted of second-degree murder, and sentenced to 20 to 30 years in prison. He was paroled on November 23, 1926.

Deputy Callihan had served with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Atlantic Coast Line Police Department, and Fayetteville Police Department. He is survived by his wife, six sons, and one daughter.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1926

alcohol violation, arrest attempt

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I am a retired police officer who came to Wilmington in the winter of 2022. I volunteered at the Wilmington Railroad Museum (North Carolina) and discovered that William Coit Callihan was employed as a railroad police officer with Atlantic Coast Lines Railroad when he was killed over protecting moonshine in Fayetteville, NC. He was murdered on Feb 24, 1923. He is on memorials at the state capitol in Raleigh, NC and on a county sheriff memorial in Fayetteville, NC. However, he was not on the Washington DC national fallen officers memorial. I worked with staff in DC and his name will be added in May, 2023. If you have any additional information about William Callihan or his murder, I will be continuing research including attempting to pardon the Native American who was tried, convicted and released for the murder. 920-749-0415 [email protected]

Officer Christine Williams, retired
Fox Crossing Police Department

January 11, 2023

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