City Marshal William D. Patton

City Marshal William D. Patton

Fayetteville Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, July 2, 1881

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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

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City Marshal Patton,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Fayetteville.


United States Border Patrol

July 2, 2021

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