Sheriff Wad D. Allen

Sheriff Wad D. Allen

Edgefield County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Sunday, November 16, 1941

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Wad D. Allen

Sheriff Wad Allen was shot and killed, and Deputy Sheriff William Clark was shot and fatally wounded when they attempted to arrest a man, and his wife wanted in a contract killing.

When Sheriff Allen and Deputy Clark arrived at the couple's home, they were ambushed by them and shot. Sheriff Allen was killed instantly. Deputy Clark died two days later.

Both suspects and a third man involved in the contract killing were arrested and executed in the electric chair on January 15, 1943.

Deputy Clark's brother, the ex-sheriff of Edgefield County, was appointed to succeed Sheriff Allen.

Sheriff Allen was a United States Army veteran. He was survived by his wife, son, and brother.


  • Age 55
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Executed in 1943

arrest attempt

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Sheriff Allen,
On today, the 80th anniversary of death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe during WW I as a member of the 30th “Old Hickory” Division.


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November 16, 2021

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