Deputy Sheriff William C. Cooper

Deputy Sheriff William C. Cooper

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi

End of Watch Wednesday, May 18, 1898

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William C. Cooper

Deputy Sheriff William C. Cooper, Deputy Sheriff Henry R. Campbell, and Deputy Sheriff Carter I. Jones were shot and killed while attempting to arrest a father and son who were wanted for four murders that had occurred in Bolivar County.

The deputies, along with Deputy Campbell's brother, who was also a sheriff's deputy, had gone to the suspects' cabin 4-1/2 miles southeast of Horn Lake Depot to arrest the men. As they approached the cabin on horseback they encountered the father who refused to obey their commands.

As Deputy Jones attempted to place the man into custody he attempted to draw a pistol but was fatally shot. Moments later the son emerged from behind the cabin and opened fire, shooting fatally wounding all three deputies during a prolonged shootout. Deputy Campbell's brother ran out of ammunition and was able to retreat. He returned to town where he obtained reinforcements and returned to the scene.

The subject who had shot them had fled the scene but several other people remained and were taken into custody.

Deputy Cooper was survived by his wife and three children.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Winchester
  • Offender Not available

murder suspect, warrant service

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Deputy Sheriff Cooper,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeSoto County.


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May 18, 2023

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