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 agency'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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Sgt. Dickerson,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Wayne County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 11, 2021

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