City Marshal William D. Patton

City Marshal William D. Patton

Fayetteville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1881

Add to My Heroes

William D. Patton

City Marshal William Patton and Deputy Sheriff John Mount, of the Washington County Sheriff's Office, were shot and killed while standing in the town square.

Marshal Patton had received death threats after fatally shooting a man while making an arrest several months prior. As he and Deputy Mount spoke in the town square they were shot from ambush and both killed.

Their killer was never apprehended.

Marshal Patton was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Never apprehended

ambush, retaliation

Most Recent Reflection

View all 5 Reflections

While your assailant never faced justice here one earth he surely faced a higher justice at a later time in a different place. 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 2, 2020

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.