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

Patrolman

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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32 years ago tonight Officer William "Larry" Whitwell put his uniform on and kissed his wife and young son goodbye. In the late hours of the night he gave his life serving his community. He was shot during a struggle and succumbed to his wounds in the early morning hours of April 5th, 1981.

A HERO REMEMBERED NEVER DIES
RECOGNITION - MEMORY - HONOR

Sgt. Brian K. Jones
Columbia Police Dept.
April 4, 2013

 

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