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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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It's now been 140 years today since your death. Your service to the United States and then the people of Quincy is admirable and heroic. It must have been especially difficult for you as an African-American in that time period, and yet, you did both jobs regardless of what public opinion might have been. For that alone, you truly earned the title hero.

God Bless and may your eternal rest remain peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
May 30, 2016


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