State Constable Julian Benjamin "Hoss" Wiggins

State Constable Julian Benjamin "Hoss" Wiggins

South Carolina State Constable, South Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, October 8, 1940

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Julian Benjamin "Hoss" Wiggins

State Constable Julian Wiggins and Deputy Sheriff Robert Thompson were killed in a vehicle crash on Buncombe Road (modern-day Old Buncombe Road) three miles south of Travelers Rest.

They were assisting a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service - Alcohol Tax Unit, who had requested their assistance with seizing a vehicle that was illegally transporting alcohol. The driver of the vehicle had fled after crashing the vehicle when officers attempted to stop it. A mechanic was called to the scene to repair the vehicle before Deputy Thompson and Constable Wiggins began driving it back to Greenville.

As they entered a curve in the wet roadway the car struck a bump and crossed into the oncoming traffic. The vehicle collided with a truck and was demolished. Deputy Thompson died one hour later, and Constable Wiggins died the following night.

Constable Wiggins had served as a South Carolina State Constable for only seven months. He was survived by his wife, three stepchildren, parents, sister, and brother.

Bio

  • Age 38
  • Tour 7 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Monday, October 7, 1940

alcohol violation, routine driving

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