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Deputy Sheriff William Wank | Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

Deputy Sheriff

William Wank

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin

End of Watch: Wednesday, August 18, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 48

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Charged with murder

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Deputy Sheriff William Wank was shot and killed as he and several deputies searched for two men who shot and badly beat a railroad detective in the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad yard in New Butler.

The two suspects escaped on a train bound for Fond du Lac. The deputies took up positions along a section of track where the train was ordered to stop. As the beam of the headlight fell on the deputies, a switchman standing on the first car opened fire with a shotgun, killing Deputy Wank and seriously wounding another deputy. He said he thought the deputies were the two suspects.

The switchman was arrested and charged with Deputy Wank's murder.

Deputy Wank was survived by his wife and five children.

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Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.
February 27, 2014

 

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