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Chaplain William Paris | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan


William Paris

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 3, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/1/1976

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Shot and killed

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Chaplain William Paris was shot and killed while attempting to negotiate with a man who had just shot a hotel manager and himself. The suspect agreed to talk with the unarmed chaplain, but as Chaplain Paris came into view the suspect opened fire, striking him in the head. The suspect then shot and wounded a tactical officer who was attempting to rescue Chaplain Paris.

The suspect was shot and killed by a police sniper when he went to the roof and began firing at other officers. Chaplain Paris died of his injuries two days later.

Chaplain Paris had served with the Detroit Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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My memory of that day has me worried for you when you told us you were going to go in and talk to him. How very brave and selfless you were. I often think of your wife and children and am so very sad I could not do more to keep you with them. Through the years I have carried your memory with me. Thank You for caring so very much,

Police Officer Martin Fuhrmann
DPD Tactical Mobile Unit
March 3, 2017


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