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Officer William L. Copeland | Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas


William L. Copeland

Little Rock Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch: Thursday, December 31, 1885

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 12/30/1885

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Convicted of murder

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Officer William Copeland was killed after being assaulted by a jail trusty who was on work release.

Officer Copeland was in uniform walking to work at 1900 hours when he spotted the trusty standing on the corner. With the knowledge that trusties had to be back to the jail by 6:00 pm, he began to question the man.

The suspect had a special permit to be out until 10:00 pm, however, and during the questioning the man hit Officer Copeland in the head with a blunt object and fled the scene. Officer Copeland was found about two hours later and taken to a local drug store where he succumbed to his injuries shortly after midnight.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of Officer Copeland's murder.

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