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 never knew my Grandfather, but heard stories from my Father and my Grandma Callihan.. I believe he was very passionate about his work for the Department. I love hearing stories about my Ancestors.. Grandfather, Rest in Peace.. I am so proud that he is being Homered along with other Fallen Officers this year.

Barbara Callihan Capps, Granddaugter.
My Grandfather.

April 29, 2023

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