Deputy Sheriff Walter W. Willis

Deputy Sheriff Walter W. Willis

Patrick County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, December 2, 1939

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Walter W. Willis

Deputy Walter Willis was shot and killed while raiding a still near Willis Gap. He was approaching the still when he was shot in the back by a suspect armed with a .22 caliber rifle.

Deputy Willis crawled one-half mile to a nearby house, where he died a short time later. Before passing away he was able to identify the suspect. The man was arrested a short time later. He was convicted of Deputy Willis' murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Deputy Willis was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters, father, and brother.


  • Age 64
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I am very sad to hear of your loss.
I retired from Law enforcement and moved from NC to ID.
We share the same name of Walt W. Willis and my grandfather's name was Carles E. Willis from NC.
We are family for sure as peace officers and as kin.

Supervisor TSA walt willis
DHS retired

April 27, 2013

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