Today in 1919, Charleston Policeman William Edward Raymond, 31, was shot and killed at the corner of Line Street and Rutledge Avenue by a man he attempted to arrest for disorderly conduct. Policeman Raymond managed to return fire and then pulled a fire alarm before he collapsed.

The suspect was found seven hours later in a nearby backyard suffering from three gunshot wounds in his right leg.

Policeman Raymond was survived by his wife. He was a World War I veteran.  Policeman Raymond is interred at Magnolia Cemetery  in Charleston.

William E. Raymond’s name has been engraved on the South Carolina Law Enforcement Memorial at the Statehouse in Columbia and at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC, located on panel 57-W: 27.  A plaque bearing his name is also displayed at the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame in Columbia.

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A retired law enforcement officer who now serves as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-County Lodge #3.
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