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Police Officer William Slappey | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

William Slappey

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 11, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 24

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Acquitted

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Police Officer William Slappey was shot and killed, and another officer was wounded, as he and several other officers exchanged gunfire with a man.

The officers had entered an area of an apartment building known to be a narcotics trafficking area searching for stolen property. The suspect said he opened fire on the officers, who were in plain clothes, because he thought they were going to rob him.

On December 10th, 1970, the suspect was acquitted when another officer admitted in court that the bullet that killed Officer Slappey may have come from his gun.

Officer Slappey was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.

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Officer Slappey,
Sir, as a fellow former Marine;LEO I would just like to say on today, the 46th anniversary of your death thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community-but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC in Vietnam. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow former Marine;LEO

United States Border Patrol
March 12, 2016


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