Deputy Sheriff William S. Christian

Deputy Sheriff William S. Christian

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, September 23, 1917

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William S. Christian

Deputy William Christian was shot and killed when he and the county sheriff responded to a shooting near Milstead.

Two men who were playing a card game got into an argument over ninety-cents that was at stake, and one of the men shot the other. When Deputy Christian and the sheriff arrived at the scene the suspect immediately opened fire on them, striking Deputy Christian in the abdomen.

The suspect was shot and wounded by return fire from the officers. He was eventually convicted of Deputy Christian's murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Deputy Christian was survived by his wife and four children. He was predeceased by one other child.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, September 22, 1917
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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