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Jan. 27, 1981
Caucasian Male / 47 yrs. of age
Alexandria Sheriff's Office
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Tue. Jan. 27, 1981
Deputy Sheriff William Truesdale was shot and killed with his own weapon while transporting prisoners from court back to the old city jail on Princess Street. One of the prisoners overpowered Deputy Truesdale and shot him with his own weapon. The suspect then shot his handcuffs off and attempted to flee but was immediately apprehended.
The suspect was sentenced to death in April 1981 and executed on October 17, 1990.
Deputy Truesdale had served with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office for eight years. He was survived by his wife and four children. His youngest son, who was only six months old at the time of his murder, was sworn in as a deputy with the Alexandria Sheriff's Office on June 27th, 2012.