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 survived by three children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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May he rest in peace, forever.

Elliana C.

April 5, 2020

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