The following is a statement released by the Taylor County Sheriff's Office Wednesday regarding the loss of Officer William Woodruff late Tuesday night:
The Taylor County Sheriff's Office mourns the loss of Corrections
Officer William L. "Bill" Woodruff, killed in an automobile accident last night
north of Abilene.
Woodruff began his career in April 2011 as a "floor officer"
in the county's detention center. He was recently assigned as an officer on the
Precinct 3 inmate workcrew.
Sheriff Ricky Bishop said Woodruff's family is "in the thoughts and
prayers of this office," and that his (Woodruff's) granddaughter who was also
injured and is being treated in a Fort Worth hospital "needs all the prayers she
can get, now."
"The death of Bill Woodruff is not only a loss for this agency,"
Bishop said, "but for area law enforcement as well."