Town Marshal William Hampton Arendale, Sr.

Town Marshal William Hampton Arendale, Sr.

Tutwiler Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, December 24, 1912

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William Hampton Arendale, Sr.

Town Marshal William Arendale was shot and killed while attempting to protect a prisoner from being lynched.

The man had been arrested earlier in the evening following a disturbance at a store. After arresting him, Marshal Arendale placed the man in the town jail. A short time later he removed the man from the cell to transport him to the jail in Sumner. As they walked to the Yazoo and Mississippi Valey Railroad station they were approached by family members of the other party in the disturbance who opened fire on the prisoner.

Marshal Arendale returned fire, killing one of the men before being killed himself. The prisoner also suffered fatal gunshot wounds. The surviving family member fled the area.

Marshal Arendale was survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

prisoner custody

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Marshal Arendale,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tutwiler.


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December 24, 2022

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