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Police Officer William A. Dillon | St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

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William A. Dillon

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Friday, April 7, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 39

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Weapon: Edged weapon; Hatchet

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer William Dillon was shot and killed while investigating the murder of Officer John McKenna.

Officer McKenna was shot and killed while investigating two men he believed were stealing copper streetcar wire. He had observed a car believed to be used in the thefts and stopped the two occupants. When he searched the men he located a revolver on one of them, at which time he escorted them to a nearby business. One of the men asked if he could get a drink of water and Officer McKenna allowed him to do so. As the man walked behind Officer McKenna he produced a small handgun hidden in his waist band and shot him in the back of the head, killing him.

The two men fled the scene and went to their home. Officer William Dillon, who received a description of the car while checking in during his rounds, recognized it as a car belonging to two brothers. He went to their home and spotted them in the garage. As he entered the garage at gunpoint he was attacked from behind with a hatchet. The two suspects beat him to death and then buried his body in a shallow grave.

Both men were eventually apprehended and sentenced to hang, however, their sentences were commuted to life.

Officer Dillon was survived by his parents.

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Police Officer John McKenna
St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri
End of Watch: Friday, April 7, 1916
Cause: Gunfire

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 96th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
April 7, 2012

 

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