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Police Officer William Edward Greenfield Police Department, Indiana

Police Officer

William Edward "Will" Phillips, III

Greenfield Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years, 5 months

Badge # 251

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 2 years home-confinement

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Officer William Phillips was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while on bike patrol training at approximately 12:45 am in Henry County.

Officer Phillips and two other members of the bike patrol team had just finished their shift and were conducting a training ride on department-issued bicycles. While they were riding westbound on U.S. 40 near the Knightstown High School, he was struck from behind by the driver of a vehicle who then fled the scene. All of the officers were wearing helmets and had lights on their bicycles.

The 59-year-old female suspect driver later surrendered and was charged with failure to stop after a fatal accident. She was subsequently sentenced to only two years of home confinement.

Officer Phillips had served with the Greenfield Police Department for nearly 4½ years and had previously served with the McCordsville Police Department. He was a US Marine Corps veteran, and he is survived by his wife, 2- and 5-year-old sons, two sisters, and his parents.

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love you brother and think of you often and the fun we had growing up you taught me compassion and respect and thank you very much for the many life lessons you provided for me..

January 25, 2014


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