Investigator William "Alden" Elliott

Investigator William "Alden" Elliott

North Carolina Department of Adult Correction, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, April 29, 2024

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William "Alden" Elliott

Investigator Alden Elliott and Investigator Sam Poloche of the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction, Police Officer Joshua Eyer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas Weeks were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant in the 5500 block of Galway Drive in east Charlotte.

At 1:30 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve a felony warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The wanted subject ambushed them with a high-powered rifle and engaged them in a prolonged gun battle.

Investigator Poloche, Investigator Elliott, and Deputy United States Marshal Thomas Weeks were killed at the scene. Officer Joshua Eyer succumbed to his wounds several hours later. Three officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and a second Deputy United States Marshal were also wounded.

The wanted subject was shot and killed, and two subjects were taken into custody for questioning.

Investigator Elliott was a United States Marine Corps veteran. He had served with the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction for 14 years, was assigned to the Special Operations and Intelligence Unit and the U.S. Marshal's Regional Fugitive Task Force, and previously served with the Overland Park Police Department (Kansas). He is survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

ambush, convicted felon, warrant service, weapons violation


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Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Investigator Elliott. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at North Carolina Department of Adult Correction.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

May 24, 2024

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