Deputy Sheriff William Erastus Whitehurst

Deputy Sheriff William Erastus Whitehurst

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, July 4, 1893

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William Erastus Whitehurst

Deputy Sheriff William Whitehurst was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man who was causing a public disturbance.

As he struggled with the original suspect, another man opened fire on him, killing him. The suspect was acquitted.

He was survived by his parents and six siblings.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Deputy Sheriff Whitehurst,
On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hillsborough County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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July 4, 2023

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