WILLIAM ALRED ACCIDENTLY SHOT
Contributed by Larry and Juanita McClintick
Posted July 26, 2005 by Myrtle Bridges
Saturday, December 10, 1921
HOPE MILLS MAN IS ACCIDENTLY SHOT LAST NIGHT
Bulletin: William Alred, Policeman of Hope Mills, Probably Fatally Wounded Last Night When Pistol
Dropped From Pocket; Bullet Passes Through, Head
Word from Hope Mills late this afternoon stated that Mr. Alred was barely alive and that
physicians held out no hope for his recovery. A dreadful tragedy occurred at Hope Mills about
9 o'clock last night when William Alred, aged about 34, mechanic for the Virginia & Carolina
Southern Railroad and policeman of the village, was accidentally shot, a pistol ball crashing
through his brain.
Mr. Alred was in his home undressing when his pistol fell from his pocket to the floor and was
discharged, the ball entered the left side of the nose, on through the corner of the left eye
and into the brain, coming out at the top of the head and entering the wall of the room. Mrs.
Alred, who was in an adjoining room; heard the report and went to see what was the matter and
found her husband stretched on the floor with his brains oozing out.
T. M. Byman informed an Observer reporter that when he left Hope Mills about 10 o'clock
this morning Mr. Alred was still alive, but the brains were continuing to ooze out and there
was no chance for his recovery.
Mr. Alred is a good citizen highly esteemed by all who knew him. He is a prominent Mason
and member of the Junior Order. He has a wife and several children. His mother lives in Fayetteville.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1921
ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES SATURDAY; FUNERAL SUNDAY
William Alred, policeman who was accidentally shot Friday night, died Saturday afternoon at
4:30 o'clock. An account of the tragedy was given in Saturday's Observer. The funeral was held in
the First Baptist Church at Hope Mills Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The lodges of Masons and Junior
Order attending and conducting their ceremonies at the grave. Mr. Alred was a prominent member in
both orders. About 9 o'clock Friday night Mr. Alred was undressing in his home when his pistol fell
from a pocket in his pants to the floor and was discharged, the ball passing through his nose and
left eye entering his brain and coming out at the top of his head. Although his brains were oozing
out he lived 19½ hours after being shot.
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