Deputy Sheriff William Jefferson Dorsey

Deputy Sheriff William Jefferson Dorsey

Hall County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 26, 1920

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William Jefferson Dorsey

Deputy Sheriff William Dorsey was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two men for creating a disturbance at the Gainesville Cotton Mills.

The two men were leaving as he arrived at the mills and he attempted to follow them. A struggle ensued in which one of the men shot Deputy Dorsey in the stomach. He was taken to a local hospital where he died two hours later.

The two subjects were arrested and charged with Deputy Dorsey's murder. One was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The second was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years.

Deputy Dorsey was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Deputy Sheriff Dorsey,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Hall County.


United States Border Patrol

February 26, 2020

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