Deputy Prohibition Officer William Holand Wolford

Deputy Prohibition Officer William Holand Wolford

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Tuesday, December 9, 1924

William Holand Wolford

Deputy Prohibition Officer William Wolford was shot and killed in Higginsville, West Virginia, while assisting another officer serve an arrest warrant on a man for manufacturing liquor.

When they arrived at the subject's home a second individual fled from the rear of the house. The other officer pursued the man on foot until he heard a gunshot fired from the house. He returned to the home to discover that Officer Wolford had been shot by a shotgun blast.

The wanted subject, who was the surviving officer's first cousin, was taken into custody and charged in connection with Officer Wolford's murder.

Officer Wolford had been deputized that day to assist with making the arrest. He was survived by his wife and 10 children.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 1 day
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Arrested

alcohol violation

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 94th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. 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

July 25, 2018

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