Police Officer William Steven Whalen

Police Officer William Steven Whalen

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 22, 1991

William Steven Whalen

Police Officer William Whalen was shot and killed near the intersection of Xenia Avenue at St. Paul Avenue while attempting to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with a shooting at a local hotel.

As he attempted to stop the truck the driver opened the rear window and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle. Officer Whalen was able to return fire twice but was struck in the head and killed.

The subject was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. His first parole hearing is in June 2048.

Officer Whalen was survived by his parents.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 608

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Sentenced to life

shots fired call, traffic stop

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I’m a citizen of Dayton and have seen the road named after him many, many times over the years. Tonight, finally, I decided to find out who Steve Whalen was, what happened to him, and why he was so important in our community. Just reading all of these reflections brought tears to my eyes. He sounds like a wonderful person and police officer, was loved by many and taken way too soon. It was my pleasure to learn more about this Dayton icon. He and his family will be in my thoughts and I can now tell my children what a role model and hero he was- passing his story to the next generation.

Dayton citizen

May 10, 2018

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