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Officer William H. Quincy Police Department, Illinois


William H. "Billy" Dallas

Quincy Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 30, 1876

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Charged

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Officer William Dallas was shot and killed as he and his partner conducted a stakeout of a barn where stolen merchandise had been located.

When four men appeared at the barn at about 2:00 am, they were confronted by the officers who ordered them to put their hands up. The men, instead, opened fire upon the officers with one suspect striking Officer Dallas three times in the face. He was taken to his home where he was treated by a doctor, but died a few hours later.

Three men were later arrested and charged with murder.

Officer Dallas had served with the Quincy Police Department for two years and was a US Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his expectant wife and son.

Officer Dallas is the first known African-American law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Illinois.

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Officer Dallas' story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 10-11-17 to remember and honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
Richton Park Police
October 11, 2017


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