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Officer William L. Sigmon | Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia


William L. Sigmon

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 25, 1971

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 13 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Shot and wounded

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Officer William Sigmon was shot and killed while he and his partner chased two bank robbery suspects. The two officers were in the rear of the bank on a stakeout when the robbery occurred at 5185 MacArthur Boulevard, NW.

As the suspects left the bank the manager notified the officers that it had been robbed. Officer Sigmon exited the bank through the front door in pursuit of the suspects. As he ordered them to stop they opened fire on him, forcing him to take cover.

One of the subjects went down a set of stairs into an alley. As Officer Sigmon crouched next to a retaining wall watching the suspect the second suspect approached him from behind and shot him in the back at close range.

The subject who shot Officer Sigmon was wounded by return fire from other officers and taken into custody. Two accomplices, including the daughter of the District of Columbia's deputy mayor, were also arrested. Officer Sigmon's murderer was later killed by another inmate while serving time for the murder.

Officer Sigmon had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

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Bill, God Bless You. As a rookie policemen, you taught me the particulars of
police work. I was on patrol in Scout Car 82 the morning the call went out of
your being shot on that bank stakeout you were assigned on May 25th.
The lookout went out for a van with three suspects leaving the area. Knowing the
area very well, I proceeded to Conn. Ave. and stopped the van and quickly made
the arrests at Conn. Ave. Every support police person responded to assist me
within 30 seconds. All suspects were arrested on the spot. I miss you, Bill.
As a poet in retirement I will write and dedicate a poem to you.

Retired Sgt. Francis Romans
Eighth Precinct, Metropolitan Police, D.C.
January 30, 2017


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