Chief of Police William Franklin Brantley

Chief of Police William Franklin Brantley

Homestead Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, March 19, 1952

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William Franklin Brantley

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.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 99 years

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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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