Guard William R. Brannon

Guard William R. Brannon

Florida State Road Department - State Convict Road Force, Florida

End of Watch Friday, August 20, 1948

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William R. Brannon

Guard William R. Brannon was shot and killed by a 20-year-old inmate during an escape at the Noma Road Prison. The suspect managed to overpower another guard and take his shotgun as he and five more inmates ran to and drove away in a prison road truck. The suspect shot Guard Brannon in the abdomen as he attempted to stop the escape. Guard Brannon managed to return fire wounding one of the inmates. Within 24 hours five were captured. The sixth inmate was captured a few days later.

Guard Brannon's killer, serving three years for breaking and entering, was charged with his murder. The other five were charged with accessory to murder.


  • Age 56
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 20, 2020

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