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Patrolman William J. Otis | Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania


William J. Otis

Pittsburgh Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 3, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 1 year, 1 month

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: No charges filed

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Patrolman William Otis was killed by a gunshot while he and his partner responded to a burglary in progress call at a home on Centre Avenue in Oakland. The owner of the residence, thinking Officer Otis was the burglar, shot him as he entered a hallway.

Patrolman Otis was taken to University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital where he died within the hour.

Patrolman Otis had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 13 months and was a member of the Army Reserves where he served in the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife, two year old son, and parents, and sister.

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It's been 44 years since your passing and I've carried it with me all these years never forgetting our talks and the circumstances that surrounded that fatal day. God Bless you Brother Bill and thank you for your sacrifice.

Eddie Wirkowski
Retired Pgh. Police Off. and personel friend
March 22, 2015


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