Marshal William J. Hillyer

Marshal William J. Hillyer

Zillah Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, August 3, 1923

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William J. Hillyer

Marshal William Hillyer succumbed to gunshot wounds when he was shot by a man who had a long-standing feud with the Hillyer family.

The suspect located Marshal Hillyer in a drugstore and shot him with his shotgun. Marshal Hillyer was transported to a Yakima hospital where he succumbed to his wounds four days later.

The suspect was acquitted of the murder charges.

Marshal Hillyer was a Royal Navy veteran and served with the Zillah Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 58
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, July 30, 1923
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Marshal Hillyer,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Zillah.


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August 3, 2023

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