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- Aug. 09, 1900 -
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Resided: GA, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Aug. 09, 1900
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 34 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Screven County Constable's Office
GA   USA
Dept. Type: County/Police
Hero's Rank: Constable
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Homicide - Gun
Weapon Class: Firearm
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location: GA   USA   Thu. Aug. 09, 1900
Summary: Constable William Mears and a man assisting him were shot and killed from ambush as they attempted to serve a warrant on a teenager for communicating threats.

As they approached the boy's home near the Savannah River, several men hiding in a nearby swamp opened fire. Constable Mears and his companion were killed instantly. A third companion, despite many wounds, managed to crawl to his buggy and make his way to Sylvania where he told of the shooting.

Five men were eventually captured and charged with murder. All five were hanged at the Screven County Jail June 14, 1901.

Constable Mears was survived by his parents, three sisters, and one brother. He is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Burtons Ferry Landing, Screven County, Georgia. The photo is courtesy of the Find a Grave website memorial.

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