Deputy Sheriff Willie Ellison Hall

Deputy Sheriff Willie Ellison Hall

Durham County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, October 18, 1929

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Willie Ellison Hall

Deputy Sheriff Willie Hall was shot and killed while searching for illegal whiskey in the woods three miles southeast of Durham.

The 24-year-old suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on December 6, 1929. He was later granted a new trial and convicted of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 30 years hard labor on May 20, 1930. He died in prison on December 21, 1941, of acute appendicitis.

Deputy Hall had served with the Durham County Sheriff's Office for ten years. He had been seriously wounded in 1923 while responding to a domestic dispute. He was survived by his wife, four daughters, and two sons.

Deputy Hall's brother, Deputy Onus Hall, was shot and killed on July 17th, 1939, while responding to a domestic disturbance.


  • Age 51
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alcohol violation, ambush

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Deputy Sheriff Hall,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Durham County.


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October 18, 2019

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