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Patrolman William F. Brown | Lima Police Department, Ohio Lima Police Department, Ohio


William F. Brown

Lima Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Saturday, January 5, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman William Brown was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress at a local gas station while on patrol.

When he entered the gas station, he asked the attendant if everything was okay. The attendant, who had been told by the suspect to cooperate, responded that everything was fine.

Patrolman Brown then asked the suspect to remove the covering from his face, the man suddenly produced a gun and opened fire, striking Patrolman Brown four times. Patrolman Brown was able to fire one round as he fell. He then crawled to his patrol car and called for assistance before succumbing to his wounds.

The suspect and his accomplice fled the store but both were eventually apprehended. On January 11, 1975, the gunman was sentenced to life in prison. He has a parole hearing in April of 2009. His accomplice was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and robbery, and sentenced to two consecutive 7 to 25 year prison terms.

Patrolman Brown had served with the Lima Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five sons, and his mother.

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Today as we Honor The Fallen Officers across this country I want to take the time to Thank the officers who are out there everyday putting their lives on the line for us all. Our family misses our father every day that passes, Always in OUR Prayers and Thoughts.
We so appreciate the support of our local Police agency's, our family members, friends and community across this nation.
Thank you for your support. God Bless !


William G Brown

Greg Brown
Officer Brown's son
May 3, 2017


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