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Chief of Police William A. Coopers Police Department, West Virginia

Chief of Police

William A. "Bill" Fanning

Coopers Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 26, 1902

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 6 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Chief Bill Fanning was shot and killed by a group of men seeking revenge for a shooting incident he had been involved in earlier in the day. Chief Fanning had arrested a man wanted for violating an injunction and was walking him to jail when the man made a sudden movement.

Thinking that the suspect was reaching for a weapon, Chief Fanning fatally shot him. When Chief Fanning returned home he was ambushed by the group of men and shot numerous times.

Chief Fanning had served as the police chief of Coopers for only six months. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

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Rest In Peace Chief Fanning, your service and sacrifice is remembered.

Sgt. Jarrod L. Wilson / K9 Officer
West Virginia Division Of Corrections
August 26, 2013


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