Detective William Patrick Messer

Detective William Patrick Messer

Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, March 12, 1976

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William Patrick Messer

Detective William Messer was killed after being dragged to death underneath a vehicle. He and other detectives were making a traffic stop on a suspected drug dealer at the time. When Detective Messer ran to the passenger side of the vehicle the suspect sped away, dragging Detective Messer several hundred feet.

Detective Messer was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect turned himself in the next day and was sentenced to 27 years in prison. He was paroled after serving only nine years.

Detective Messer was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Released after 9 years

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Rest in Peace Detective William Patrick Messer. Thank you for your Service and Sacrifice. I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.

I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue and gnaw at the flesh of your murderer. May his days be filled with torment and strife. May his suffering know no earthly end!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

March 13, 2016

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