Deputy Sheriff Willie Stutes

Deputy Sheriff Willie Stutes

Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, July 10, 1927

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Willie Stutes

Deputy Willie Stutes was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk and disorderly man at a local dance.

The man refused orders by Deputy Stutes to quiet down and leave the dance. When Deputy Stutes attempted to force him to leave the man pulled out a revolver and opened fire, striking Deputy Stutes and two men standing behind him.

The man, age 25, was arrested a short time later by the parish sheriff. On April 25, 1928, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 5 to 15 years.

Deputy Stutes was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

arrest attempt

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Thank you for your service and please know that no passage of time will ever erase your sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 10, 2020

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