Town Marshal William Lawrence Dunnam

Town Marshal William Lawrence Dunnam

Richton Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Thursday, April 21, 1921

William Lawrence Dunnam

Town Marshal William Dunnam and Federal Prohibition Agent Jacob Green were shot and killed while raiding a moonshine still near Richton, Mississippi.

Four moonshiners were arrested and charged with their murder. In June 1921 one of the men was convicted and sentenced to death. On July 18th, 1922, the man who was sentenced to death murdered Jailer John Russell, of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office, during an escape attempt. The prisoner was also killed in the incident.

Marshal Dunnam was survived by his wife and seven children.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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We cannot fully honor our heroes of the present without paying tribute to our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

April 8, 2017

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