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Trooper William G. Doyle | New York State Police, New York New York State Police, New York

Trooper

William G. Doyle

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch: Thursday, December 14, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1404

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .270 caliber

Offender: One killed; One apprehended

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Trooper William Doyle was shot and killed while pursuing a stolen car. The car had been stolen from the Griffins Air Force Base by two escaped mental patients. When they stole the vehicle a loaded .270 rifle was inside the vehicle. As Trooper Doyle pursued the stolen car one of the suspects opened fire, shattering the front and back window of the patrol car, killing Trooper Doyle. Trooper Doyle's body was found by his brother, who was also a trooper working in the same district.

One suspect later shot and killed the other suspect because he wanted to hold his wife and children hostage. The second suspect then surrendered.

Trooper Doyle had been with the agency for five years.

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Thank you for your service. My mom told me when I was young of a cousin who was a New York State Trooper who was killed in the line of duty. She never told me who it was. I am a former police officer, and am very proud to come from a family of those who serve in law enforcement and the military.

Karen Dennis-Kelly
1st cousin of Joanie Bosak
February 22, 2016

 

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