Sergeant William Dickerson

Sergeant William Dickerson

Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, September 11, 1991

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William Dickerson

Sergeant Dickerson was shot and killed when he interrupted an escape attempt.

A prisoner was in the process of taking another deputy hostage when Sergeant Dickerson surprised him. The suspect shot and killed him and then attempted to escape with the hostage. The keys that the deputy had did not open all of the doors and the suspect could not escape and gave up without further incident.

The man was convicted of murdering a peace officer and sentenced to life. It is believed that the suspect's gun was smuggled to him by his brother.

Sergeant Dickerson was survived by his wife and two daughters. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office's newest jail was named the Dickerson Detention Facility in his honor.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

escape attempt

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My name is Shawn mullin I was in the new side of the county jail in 91 union sgt dickerson death. however I would like to take a moment to express my self about him.
First of all he has started up a movie day, for any one who kept their part of the cell maintained could watch a movie once a week on Fridays.
However I had no help at the time from my family when I meet sgt dickerson while making his round I have asked him for some help and explained my situation.
In return he said he would help me under one condition! if I didn't give any staff members a hard time and did as I was asked.
I agreed.
The next morning Sgt dickerson mad his round and had a bag of commissary items for me in cladding a full box of ten packs of burglars I was surprised and thankful. I wish he was still around I have never forgotten his kindness. he told me after handing me the bag. don't think this is free. i bought this out of my own pocket only because you asked me.
I have kept my promise to him even after he is gone.
A lot of us was said about his death things has changed. no more movies etc. however a lote of us prayed

Shawn mullin

April 5, 2022

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