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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

Suspect: 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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A POLICEMAN’S PRAYER - Teach me that sixty minutes make an hour, sixteen ounces a pound, and one hundred cents a dollar. Help me so to live that I can lay down at night with a clear conscience, without a gun under my pillow, and unhaunted by the faces of those to whom I have brought pain. Grant that I may earn my meal ticket on the square, and in earning it I may do unto others as I would have others do unto me. Deafen me to the jingle of tainted money and to the rustle of unholy skirts. Blind me to the faults of other fellow, but reveal to me my own. Guide me so that each night when I look across the dinner table at my family, who have been a blessing to me, I shall have nothing to conceal. Keep me young enough to laugh with little children, and sympathetic enough to be considerate of old age. And when comes the day of darkening shades and the smell of flowers, the tread of soft footsteps and the crunching wheels in the yard, make the ceremony short and the epitaph simple – “Here lays a man.” --Unknown

John D. Hall, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Ret'd
United States Marshal Service 1971-1998
February 21, 2013


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