Assistant Chief of Police William Earl Evans

Assistant Chief of Police William Earl Evans

Whitmire Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1945

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William Earl Evans

Assistant Chief William Evans and Chief Robert Gilliam were shot and killed by the father of a man they had just arrested. The father came to the police station and demanded that the son be released. When the officers refused to release the son the father left and obtained a gun. The man returned to the police station and shot both officers, mortally wounding them. The officers were able to return fire and killed the suspect.

Assistant Chief Williams had served with the agency for 13 years and was survived by his wife and three daughters.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 2

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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William Earl Evan's was my grandfather. Although his death occurred five years before I was born, I have always held his name and memory in a special place in my life.
I wish that I had had the opportunity to know him.
Thank you, William Evan's Hamilton. Grandson

William Hamilton

August 26, 2021

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