Officer William David Corn

Officer William David Corn

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 1, 1972

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William David Corn

Officer William Corn was shot and killed as he stood in the recreation room of the Kopenhaven Apartments, at 3797 Lavista Road in Tucker, while working a secondary employment.

He was shot three times, including one shot from his own service weapon. The suspect(s) then stole Officer Corn's weapon. No suspects were ever identified in Officer Corn's murder and this remains the agency's only unsolved police murder.

Officer Corn had served with the DeKalb County Police Department for three years. He was survived by his mother and sister.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Never identified

burglary, secondary employment

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I was thinking about a Dekalb County officer I knew when I was 20 years old and had gone out with just a couple of times. He was friends with Officer David Corn being about the same age and joining the force at the same time. Then I remember when this happened and he was so traumatized he quit the force, as far as I can remember. And I never heard from him again. But I always remembered Officer David Corn's name. So by some mere coincidence I googled his name and saw this page wondering if the murder was ever solved. Much to my shock and disbelief I see someone I know from afar has posted a statement claiming to know something. That person was only 2 years old at the time of Officer Corn's death. Therefore an adult would have had to have known something and planted it into her head. That adult is still alive and well. The person she is speaking of whom she claims might have been involved is already serving 2 life sentences with no parole for another murder so I'm sure he is not going anywhere. As back then in 1971-72 there were not too many people who could be capable of such evil acts with no remorse whatsoever. But this person she is speaking of is the total exception. And had already just commited 2 other murders at this time. I see she left this message in 2013. I hope someone acted on it and followed up. Please feel free to contact me also.

Pamela Golder

September 11, 2020

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