Deputy Collector William Arnot Anderson

Deputy Collector William Arnot Anderson

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, April 13, 1910

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William Arnot Anderson

Deputy Collector William Anderson was shot and killed from ambush near Oakman, Alabama, as he and a posseman were en route to raid an illegal distillery.

The buggy they were driving had to go past the moonshiner's house. The subject believed that the two were coming to arrest him and opened fire from a concealed spot, killing Deputy Collector Anderson and wounding the posseman.

The man, along with three others, were arrested and charged with Deputy Collector Anderson's murder. Two of the men were sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. The third man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and a juvenile was sentenced to 10 years at the Federal Reform School. The actual shooter was released from prison after serving only 15 years.

Deputy Collector Anderson was a veteran of the Spanish-American War.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Deputy Collector Anderson,
On today, the 105th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO but when you served during the Spanish-American War as well.


United States Border Patrol

April 13, 2015

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