Circumstances of Death
Special Agents William LeRoy Shields and Jesse Thrasher were patrolling the highways for bootleggers hauling liquor in Haralson County, Georgia. During their patrol, the agents got into a high speed pursuit of a 1950 Oldsmobile, driven by Guy (Crash) Waller, a well known bootlegger. During the pursuit, both vehicles crashed at the intersection of Temple Road and Rt. 101, on the Carroll-Paulding County line. Agent Shields was killed instantly. Agent Thrasher and Guy Waller were seriously injured and taken to Villa Rica Hospital. Numerous broken glass jugs of moonshine were later found inside Waller's car.
Agent Shields joined the Alcohol Tax Unit on December 12, 1949.
Agent Shields was born in Tunnel Hill, Georgia. He was survived by his wife, Flora (née Grimes) and their son, Maurie.