Deputy Sheriff Bill Hugh Broadwell

Deputy Sheriff Bill Hugh Broadwell

Giles County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 1954

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Bill Hugh Broadwell

Deputy Sheriff Bill Broadwell was shot and killed when he and another deputy went to a home near Hoge's Store to search for a suspect wanted for assault.

The homeowner, who was not the wanted subject, opened fire on the deputies with a shotgun, killing Deputy Broadwell. The homeowner was arrested and taken out of the county by the Virginia State Police to protect him from an angry mob of citizens.

The 30-year-old man was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Deputy Broadwell was a United States Navy World War II veteran. He was survived by three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Broadwell,
On today, the 70th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

April 10, 2024

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