Deputy Sheriff William Madison Goff

Deputy Sheriff William Madison Goff

Hempstead County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Friday, November 5, 1926

William Madison Goff

On November 5, 1926, at approximately 7:30PM, Deputy Sheriff Goff and City Marshal Baker conducted a search raid at a service station to search for large quantities of liquor. Upon arrival the owner of the service station was seized and taken to a room to be searched. At this time he pulled out a gun and began shooting. About a dozen shots were fired between the suspect and the Deputies, ending with Deputy Goff being struck below his right eye, which killed him instantly. The suspect was struck four times and was in serious condition. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

Deputy Sheriff Goff had been with the agency for two years, and previously served several years as an employee of the City of Hope Police Department.

Deputy Sheriff Goff was survived by his wife and a 4 year-old son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years

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The four year old son of Deputy William Goff was my father, Gerald Goff. His widow Vivian lived until her late 80's and never re-married. The Goff family will always remember and honor my grandfather's sacrifice and the sacrifice of all who risk their lives daily to keep us safe.

Bill Goff

May 15, 2013

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