Will Reynolds
Birth name William Reynolds
Ethnicity African-American
Occupation Brakeman
Born ca. 1867

April 6, 1902(1902-04-06) (aged 35)
Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States

Cause of death Shot dead
Attack information
Date April 6, 1902
Location(s) Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Killed 7
Injured 2
Weapon(s) .45-caliber sixteen-shot Winchester rifle

William "Will" Reynolds was an American mass murderer who shot nine people, seven of them fatally, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States on April 6, 1902, before being shot dead himself.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

With the sheriff and five deputies of the Colbert County Sheriff's Department among those killed this remains the deadliest incident in Alabama law enforcement history.[8]


  • Sheriff Charles Gassaway, 33[9]
  • Deputy William Gassaway, brother of Charles Gassaway
  • Deputy Jesse Davis
  • Deputy James Payne
  • Deputy Pat A. Prout
  • Deputy Bob Wallace
  • Hugh Jones

Those wounded were: James Finney and Bob Patterson.[10]


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