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Officer William Vernon Welch | Fort Worth Police Department, Texas Fort Worth Police Department, Texas


William Vernon Welch

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, May 21, 1973

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 6 years

Badge # 1218

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Officer William Welch was shot and killed after walking in on a robbery in progress at a 7-11 store.

The suspect turned and fired at Officer Welch as he entered the store. Officer Welch emptied his gun at the suspect before he died, but the suspect escaped.

Officer Welch had been employed with the Fort Worth Police Department for six years.

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Though we were neighbors for a short time you made a great impression on a young teenager. Even these many years later I still think of you and your family. Every time an officer dies it brings back memories of the night we all lost you.

James Driver
Neighbor and friend
July 16, 2016


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