County Policeman William Jasper Wester

County Policeman William Jasper Wester

Polk County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Friday, June 26, 1931

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William Jasper Wester

County Policeman William Wester was shot and killed as he and a county bailiff approached an automobile containing four men on a farm four miles southwest of Cedartown.

One of the occupants opened fire with a shotgun killing Policeman Wester instantly and seriously wounding the bailiff. The suspects abandoned and ran from their automobile as the bailiff returned fire. All four suspects were apprehended hours later. Fifteen gallons of illegal whiskey was found in the automobile.

On September 4, 1931, Policeman Wester's killer, 28, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled on December 9, 1936. One of the other three, 37, was also sentenced to life and paroled on January 28, 1935.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1936

alcohol violation, suspicious vehicle

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Officer Wester,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Polk County.


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June 26, 2021

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