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Patrolman William Oliver | Roseville Police Department, Michigan Roseville Police Department, Michigan

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William Oliver

Roseville Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, July 12, 1937

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 56

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/15/1937

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Paroled in 1963

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Patrolman Oliver and Patrolman Lawrence Cooney were shot and killed by a juvenile suspect who was being arrested for burglarizing a local gas station. The suspect and a second juvenile suspect were handcuffed together and being placed into a patrol car when one of them grabbed Patrolman Oliver's service weapon and shot him.

Patrolman Cooney, hearing the shot, rushed to the scene and was shot at by the suspects. He began to chase the suspects and as he rounded the corner he was shot several times. Although wounded, he continued to fire at the suspects. He then drove himself to the police station where he collapsed. Patrolman Oliver was taken to a local hospital by a passing milkman. Patrolman Oliver succumbed to his wounds on July 12, 1937.

The 19 year-old suspect was arrested and sentenced to life in prison. He was paroled January 25, 1963.

Patrolman Oliver was survived by his wife and four children.

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Patrolman Lawrence Cooney
Roseville Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 15, 1937
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater
January 6, 2013

 

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