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Patrolman William Orma Sorrell | Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio


William Orma Sorrell

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 24, 1931

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 57

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Patrolman William Sorrell was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery in progress. The suspect was never apprehended.

At 10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 1931, Patrolman Sorrell and his partner Patrolman William Kist, walked into a drugstore located at the corner of Betts and Linn Street in Cincinnati and unknowingly interrupted a robbery in progress. Two male suspects had just robbed the store of $70-$75 and were preparing to leave as the officers walked in. One of the suspects opened fire on the officers, striking Patrolman Sorrell in the forehead before he had a chance to reach for his weapon. The men ran out of the store with Patrolman Kist in pursuit, but were able to elude the officer.

Patrolman Sorrell had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Patrolman Sorrell,
On today, the 86th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Cincinnati.


United States Border Patrol
March 24, 2017


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