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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My mother, Patricia Jackson, was the fiance of David at the time of his murder. They lived together and were planning their wedding. My mother always spoke of him as her soulmate and cried over her loss my whole life. She took me to the location of the murder when I was a child because it was such a significant time in her life. She told me how David would have made the most amazing father. How tragic that it didn't work out.

I'm now 38 years old and my mother passed away a few years ago. I just recently found a small envelope that I knew nothing about while going through my mother's pictures. It contains several newspaper clippings about the murder and investigation, a couple pictures from the funeral, and David's dog tags from the Vietnam War. The dog tags are on a chain with his original military can opener and a few coins from Singapore and Vietnam that he attached to the necklace. This was an amazing find and shows just how much my mother was in love with this man. I would like to give the envelope back to the family - perhaps his sister Donna. Email me and we'll go from there.

My deepest respect and gratitude goes to this man for his sacrifice. Although he lost his life before I was born, I carry on his memory through the stories my mother left with me.

Billy Greenfield

Billy Greenfield
Son of David's fiance at the time of his murder

April 5, 2020

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