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Detective William L. Bell | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Detective

William L. Bell

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Sunday, August 14, 1966

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Never charged

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Detective Bell and Detective Marlyn Bateson were killed when their unmarked patrol car was struck by a drunk driver at 2200 hours. The detectives were en route to assist another unit on a man with a gun call. The officers were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Lafayette Street and Livernois Street. When the light turned green they entered the intersection and were struck by a drunk driver at a speed of 80 mph. The suspect was never charged in connection with their deaths but was later convicted of murdering nine women.

Detective Bell had been with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Detective Marlyn W. Bateson
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Sunday, August 14, 1966
Cause: Vehicular assault

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Det. Bell,
On today, the 51st 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 Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
August 14, 2017

 

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