Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Thrower

Deputy Sheriff Billy Joe Thrower

Madison County Sheriff's Office, Alabama

End of Watch Sunday, September 17, 1995

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Billy Joe Thrower

Deputy Thrower died from injuries sustained on November 1, 1994, during a gun battle with a suspect who he and two other officers were trying to serve commitment papers to. The suspect was waiting for them with binoculars and a shotgun. When the officers knocked on the door and identified themselves the suspect opened fire, killing Deputy Thomas Lewis, and mortally wounding Deputy Thrower. Although severely wounded, Deputy Thrower was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Deputy Thrower had been with the agency for 16 years and is survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 225

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, November 1, 1994
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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A true warrior to the end. Thank you for your courage and dedication and the way you lived your life. You will live forever in our hearts. Rest in peace sir. You earned it

Fellow citizen

September 17, 2023

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