Deputy Sheriff William Joseph Heffernan

Deputy Sheriff William Joseph Heffernan

Island County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Saturday, November 14, 1987

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William Joseph Heffernan

Deputy Sheriff William Heffernan and Deputy Sheriff John Saxerud were shot and killed by a man they had arrested for drunk driving. As they took the man into the processing area of the jail the man pulled out a concealed handgun and shot them both, killing them almost instantly.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of aggravated first degree murder and sentenced to two life terms.

Deputy Heffernan had previously served with the United States Navy. He was survived by his two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 317
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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I can recall that day like it just happen, a very sad day. To me there was no justice for these two men, it should had been the death penalty for that evil person. The two men our with god. Sad day for the island.

My jayme schmidt
Island residents

June 9, 2019

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