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Police Officer William Eric Freeman | Huntsville Police Department, Alabama Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

William Eric Freeman

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Saturday, December 15, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 364

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/14/2007

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentence to life in prison

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Officer William Freeman was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to an automobile accident on Bailey Cove Road, near Weatherly Road, at approximately 8:45 pm. When they arrived at the scene they located one of the subjects sitting on a curb.

As they approached the subject and attempted to arrest him for DUI, the man produced a handgun and shot Officer Freeman in the face. The other officer, with the help of two bystanders, was able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody. The suspect was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Freemen was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following morning.

Officer Freeman had served with the Huntsville Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

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Every now and then something pops up that gets me to thinking and I find myself here. Its crazy how things have changed. Every now and then the notion pops into my head that I want to get back into law enforcement, then I think better of it. I miss the job and at the same time I don't.

In all honesty I was probably never really right for the job, no matter how much I wanted to be. You live, you learn, you move on, but you never forget. It brings up an entire set of emotions that many people will never understand. There are so many good memories and so many bad.

I'm not a religious person, but I do not doubt that we all have a purpose in this life. Sometimes it takes us a while to figure it out, and sometimes we take the wrong path to get to it. But sometimes that wrong path introduces us to awesome people like you. I'm glad to have known you, glad to have worked with you, and glad to have had you as a friend.

Rest easy.

46th Session
September 22, 2016


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