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Patrolman William Larry Whitwell | Columbia Police Department, Tennessee Columbia Police Department, Tennessee


William Larry Whitwell

Columbia Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Sunday, April 5, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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To the family, friends and colleagues of Patrolman Whitwell: I mailed my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS letter today, on his behalf. Please know that his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten! I am so sorry for your loss. I wish that you didn’t have to endure the pain of another parole hearing. God Bless you all!

Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy
September 21, 2017


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