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Patrolman William T. Barnett | Lakeland Police Department, Florida Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Patrolman

William T. Barnett

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Arrested

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Patrolman Barnett and Patrolman Thomas Nicholson were shot and killed after they responded to a domestic disturbance in North Lakeland. The two officers were struggling with two men when they shot and killed both officers. Other officers arrived at the scene and took both men into custody. It was later determined that both suspects used the same gun and each killed one officer.

Both suspects were convicted of Patrolman Barnett's and Patrolman Nicholson's murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death on April 18, 1932. He escaped from a mental institution; committed a murder and robbery in Levy County, Florida; and was recaptured. He was executed in the electric chair on November 22, 1943.

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Patrolman Thomas Alonzo Nicholson
Lakeland Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, March 27, 1932
Cause: Gunfire

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Patrolman Barnett,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lakeland.

R.I.P.
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Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol
March 27, 2013

 

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