Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 2 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 3/1/1976
Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber
Offender: Shot and killed
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.