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 a Dekalb Police Officer when the David Corn was murdered. I remember thinking that the perpetrator who killed Officer Corn would have to be a cold blooded individual with no remorse whatsoever. I agree with Pamela Golder who provided the lead in this case. I too would like to hear if any follow up occurred and what, if anything, resulted from this lead. Thank you for any info you could reveal as I am, like you, very interested in this murder of a police officer colleague of mine. I was a young trainee when this happened, being trained by a officer whose first name was "Butch". Butch was a long time member of the department. I can't remember his last name, however his father retired as a Captain.

richard w callahan, Dekalb badge 335
retired, Monroe County Sheriff's office, Monroe County Florida

August 10, 2021

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