Deputy Willis Glover Champion

Deputy Willis Glover Champion

Dallas County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 26, 1923

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Willis Glover Champion

Deputy Willis Champion was shot and killed as two prisoners, one of them a convicted cop-killer, attempted to escape from the jail. Deputy Champion was shot in the abdomen and knee and later succumbed to his injuries.

One of the suspects was killed in the shootout and the other was later executed. The suspect who was executed had also shot and killed Deputy Thomas Woods on December 21, 1922.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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We are approaching the 90th aniversary of my Great Grandfathers death. I work just blocks from where our families loss occured during the now famous attemped jail break in the old Dallas Jail just across from the Court House. I walk past the momument and reflect often. He is remembered daily as are all the men and women who have served. Thank you to all of you.

Christina Champion Plumlee
Great Grandaughter

September 23, 2013

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