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Sergeant William J. Collins, Jr. | Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky


William J. Collins, Jr.

Hardin County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, June 9, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: 15 years

Badge # 952

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life in prison

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Sergeant William Collins and his wife, a civilian employee of the department, were shot and killed by a mentally deranged man who had stalked and ambushed them.

Sergeant Collins, who was off-duty, attempted to protect his wife when the suspect opened fire with a shotgun. He was struck in the face and killed.

The assailant was charged with the murders and testified at his trial that he had shot the officer and his wife because they worked for the sheriff's department. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to two life sentences.

Sergeant Collins had served with the Hardin County Sheriff's Office for 15 years. He is survived by his three children, parents, and siblings.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 9, 2015


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