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Deputy Sheriff William Hauley Coleman | Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

Deputy Sheriff

William Hauley Coleman

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch: Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 50

Tour: 20 years

Badge # 977

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff William Coleman was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call in Anthem at approximately 4:15 am.

As he and another deputy arrived at the scene they encountered a male subject inside of a van at a medical building near the intersection of Anthem Way and Gavilan Peak Parkway. As they attempted to make contact with the man he opened fire on them with a rifle, striking Deputy Coleman below his vest. The suspect was killed by return gunfire from other deputies.

Deputy Coleman was transported to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Deputy Coleman had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, his father, and four siblings.

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Never a day goes by that I am not reminded of that night or of your impact on us. I am eternally in your debt for your sacrifice that has allowed us to carry on. Every time I teach the young and old on officer safety, you are right there beside me. I will never stop looking out for you family. I will never stop teaching and protecting our Deputies. I will never stop protecting those we serve. I will always cherish life and be thankful.

January 8, 2017


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