Town Marshal William H. Sheffield

Town Marshal William H. Sheffield

Coolidge Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, May 13, 1922

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William H. Sheffield

Town Marshal William Sheffield was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for being drunk in publicDuring the arrest, the man drew his pistol and shot Marshal Sheffield. One of the shots also struck a bystander who rushed out of his store when he heard the commotion. Marshal Sheffield was taken to a nearby hospital where he died five hours later.

The suspect was apprehended in Picayune, Louisiana, in April of 1924. A month later he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 14 to 20 years.

Marshal Sheffield was survived by his parents and two siblings.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years


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Marshall Sheffield,
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 Coolidge.


United States Border Patrol

May 13, 2022

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