Lieutenant William Douglas Oyler

Lieutenant William Douglas Oyler

Buena Vista Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, January 8, 1982

William Douglas Oyler

Lieutenant William Oyler was shot and killed while responding to a report of shots fired into a house at Locust Avenue and 33rd Street.

When he arrived at the scene, he was shot in the neck by a person who was hiding in a wooded area next to the house. Lieutenant Oyler had not even exited his cruiser when he was shot.

The shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to 53 years in prison.

Lieutenant Oyler is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 53 years

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for aolace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 8, 2012

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