Policeman William Thompson McCown

Policeman William Thompson McCown

Cedartown Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, July 31, 1954

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William Thompson McCown

Policeman McCown was shot and killed on Main Street by a man had previously arrested for drunk driving. The suspect had been allowed to post a cash bond and was released from jail.

A short time later he approached Policeman McCown from behind on a city street and ordered him to put his hands up. The man then spun him around and shot him twice in the chest with a .32 caliber handgun.

Several witnesses chased the suspect a short distance until he was arrested by the Cedartown police chief and another officer.

The suspect's brother had shot and killed Officer Marion Key, of the Atlanta Police Department, on March 4, 1948.

Policeman McCown had previously served as sheriff of of Polk County for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and son.


  • Age 60
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 49th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to be among the first to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

January 25, 2013

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