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Patrolman William Dinwiddie | Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman

William Dinwiddie

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Friday, June 19, 1914

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/13/1901

Weapon: Handgun

Suspect: Escaped from prison

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Patrolman Dinwiddie succumbed to gun shot wounds sustained 14 years earlier when he was and Patrolman Robert Saylor were shot after responding to a disturbance at a local tavern. The suspect involved in the disturbance was the famous outlaw known as Kid Curry. The suspect immediately opened fire on the officers, wounding them both, before fleeing.

Patrolman Dinwiddie had served with the agency for 10 years.

Kid Curry was suspected of be involved with the murders of five law enforcement officers: Sheriff Josiah Hazen of the Converse County Sheriff's Department, Wyoming; Deputy Samuel Jenkins and Sheriff Jesse Tyler of the Grand County Sheriff's Department, Utah; and Patrolman Robert Saylor and Patrolman William Dinwiddie of the Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee.

Kid Curry was arrested after the murders of Patrolman Saylor and Patrolman Dinwiddie. He was convicted of the murders but escaped from the local jail before being transferred to a federal prison.

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Sheriff Josiah Hazen
Converse County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming
End of Watch: Sunday, June 4, 1899
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Deputy Sheriff Samuel Jenkins
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End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1900
Cause: Gunfire

Sheriff Jesse Tyler
Grand County Sheriff's Department, Utah
End of Watch: Saturday, May 26, 1900
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Robert Saylor
Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 23, 1914
Cause: Gunfire

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 98th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 26, 2012

 

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