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Chief of Police William Franklin Brantley | Homestead Police Department, Florida Homestead Police Department, Florida

Chief of Police

William Franklin Brantley

Homestead Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 19, 1952

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 17 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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Chief William Brantley was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a drunk man shortly after midnight. The suspect had just shot another person in a bar and Chief Brantley was searching for him.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder on April 25, 1952, and sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Chief Brantley was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. He had been in law enforcement for 17 years and was survived by his wife, daughter and parents.

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Chief Brantley,
On today, the 62nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-knot just for your a Community but for our Country as well when you served in the U.S. Army during WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
March 19, 2014


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