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Trooper William John Antoniewicz | Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

Trooper

William John Antoniewicz

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

End of Watch: Sunday, December 8, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Pled guilty

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Trooper Antoniewicz was shot during a traffic stop on I-80 near Echo Junction. While approaching the vehicle the suspect shot him several times with a .38 caliber handgun. The man then kicked Trooper Antoniewicz in the face several times before fleeing. The suspect was apprehended 18 months later. The first trial resulted in a hung jury and the man pled guilty to a reduced charged of second degree murder in order to avoid a second trial.
Trooper Antoniewicz had been with the agency for five months.

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I was working for Webwe County Sheriff at the time , this was one of the coldest nights of my life. We had a road block at the mouth of Weber Canyon all night long. Memories of that night remained a constant reminder on every traffic stop I made for the next 31 years.

Larry Conrad, retired
Redmond Police Department
March 4, 2013

 

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