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Deputy Sheriff William R. Dils | Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York

Deputy Sheriff

William R. Dils

Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, November 5, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: 19 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy William Dils was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at a residence in North Collins.

He was shot once in the abdomen through a closed bedroom door. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The killer was sentenced to 25 years to life. He has a parole hearing in May of 2012.

Deputy Dils was a WWII veteran and had been employed with the Erie County Sheriff's Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, sons, and grandchildren.

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I said a little prayer today for Deputy Dils and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes
November 4, 2015


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