Police Officer William Alvah Clyde

Police Officer William Alvah Clyde

Sumter Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, January 21, 1908

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William Alvah Clyde

Police Officer William Clyde was shot and killed in the area of Bradford Springs, South Carolina, while attempting to arrest a fugitive who had escaped from a chain gang two months earlier.

He had obtained information that the subject was at a home in the area and went to that location along with a constable to locate him. As they searched the house Officer Clyde found the man hiding under a bed and called out to him to surrender.

The man opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer Clyde in the abdomen. The constable pulled Officer Clyde to safety and then went to alert a doctor. Officer Clyde died from his wound two hours later.

The subject who shot him fled the scene and it is unknown if he was ever captured. A female occupant of the house was charged with being an accomplice before the fact.

Police Officer Clyde was survived by his wife and young child. He was predeceased by a 2-year-old daughter.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, January 20, 1908
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Never apprehended

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Officer Clyde,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Sumter.


United States Border Patrol

January 21, 2018

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