Lieutenant William Thomas "Billy" Manning

Lieutenant William Thomas "Billy" Manning

Tallapoosa Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, February 11, 1973

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William Thomas "Billy" Manning

Lieutenant Billy Manning was shot and killed when he and his partner stopped a speeding vehicle on U.S. Route 78.

When the vehicle stopped, the occupant exited it and approached the officers. When they asked for his driver's license, he pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking both officers one time. When the officers fell to the ground, the man approached and shot Lieutenant Manning twice more and his partner once more.

His partner survived the shooting.

One suspect was tried in February 1974 and convicted of murder, but the conviction was overturned due to a technicality.

Lieutenant Manning was a United States Army Vietnam veteran who had served with the Tallapoosa Police Department for two years and previously served with the Georgia State Patrol for eight years. was survived by his parents and siblings.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender At large

traffic stop

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Lt. Manning,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 11, 2023

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