Deputy Sheriff Willie West

Deputy Sheriff Willie West

Anderson County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, October 23, 1954

Willie West

Deputy Sheriff Willie West was shot and killed as he and another deputy checked on a truck in a remote area of Walden's Ridge.

The deputies were returning from raiding several taxi stands where illegal liquor was being sold when they spotted the truck. As they walked around the truck the owner, and his son, approached. The two had been target practicing nearby and were preparing to leave. After exchanging words the father and deputies exchanged shots. Deputy West was struck with a 16-gauge shotgun blast and killed. The father was also killed.

Deputy West had been appointed as a fee-deputy only two weeks earlier. He had served as a fee-deputy under previous sheriff's as well. He was survived by his wife, four stepdaughter, two stepsons, sister, and two brothers.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 16 gauge
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff West,
On today, the 63rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Anderson County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 23, 2017

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