Deputy Sheriff William Calvin Dotson

Deputy Sheriff William Calvin Dotson

Mercer County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, August 17, 1950

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William Calvin Dotson

Deputy Dotson was shot and killed as he and two Princeton Policemen surprised three men who had just burglarized a jewelry store on Mercer Street. The policemen returned fire wounding two of the suspects.

All three, two brothers, 20 and 29, another man, 20, who was the shooter, were taken into custody.

The shooter was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. The other two suspects were convicted of burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The oldest brother was paroled May 2, 1956. Three months later he shot and killed his wife and was returned to prison for life.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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