Patrolman William Larry Whitwell

Patrolman William Larry Whitwell

Columbia Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, April 5, 1981

William Larry Whitwell

Patrolman William Whitwell was shot and killed with his own weapon after stopping a vehicle for speeding.

Unbeknownst to Patrolman Whitwell, the two occupants had just robbed a local fast food restaurant. As he was talking with the men the robbery call was broadcast over the radio and Patrolman Whitwell observed a money bag in the vehicle. A struggle ensued and Patrolman Whitwell was shot with his own weapon.

Both subjects fled but were later apprehended and sentenced to life. One of the subjects was denied parole in October 2012.

Patrolman Whitwell was survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Larry, I think of you often. You were a wonderful example of what a godly man should be. You were a man of joy, always looking at the positive, always making us laugh at something you would say. Even as a teen you were always making us children laugh with your imitation of Gomer Pyle.

Debra Sharp
Niece

December 31, 2017

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