Constable Willie F. "Bill" Barr

Constable Willie F. "Bill" Barr

Florence Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Wednesday, August 12, 1931

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Willie F. "Bill" Barr

Constable Bill Barr was shot and killed inside a residence at 441 North Court Street around 9 p.m. as he and the Lauderdale County Sheriff attempted to arrest a man for armed robbery.

As the officers grappled with the suspect, he grabbed the sheriff's revolver and opened fire. Constable Barr was shot through the head and killed instantly. The sheriff was shot through his right hand and wrist.

After a 12-day search, deputies shot and killed the suspect.

Constable Barr, who served in law enforcement for 25 years, was survived by his wife and eight sons. He is buried in Grassy Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Alabama.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Constable Barr,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Florence.


United States Border Patrol

August 12, 2021

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