Days Gone By In Staunton


Thursday, January 4, 1923 -- GILLESPIE MAN SHOT BY OFFICERS -- William Dann, Insane, Killed After Attacking Officers -- One man dead and a policeman injured marked the close of the first day of the new year at Gillespie. William Dann, who became violently insane while eating dinner, was shot when he defied Night Patrolman Thomas Long and Deputy Sheriff Jack Duffy in their attempt to arrest him.

As the officers approached the Dann home, the insane man leveled a revolver through the doorway and told them that he would kill them if they took another step forward. The officers parried by telling h...

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