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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Rest in peace Chief Brantley. A man who kills a police officer should never be allowed to guard other inmates with a rifle.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 19, 2020

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