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Patrolman William Allen Claassen | Denver Police Department, Colorado Denver Police Department, Colorado


William Allen Claassen

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 11, 1953

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman William Claassen was shot and killed while he and his partner investigated a burglary-in-progress at a local pharmacy.

When they entered the store the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Claassen. Both officers were able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Patrolman Claassen was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is buried at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

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Patrolman Claassan,
On today, the 62nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USN-more than likely judging by your age in WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol
February 11, 2015


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