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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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Sad day when I attended his Funeral as a rookie on the Rochester, NY Police Department. Having just returned from Vietnam the year before it brought back vivid memories of just how fragile life is and how the unexpected can happen oh so fast.

Corporal Philip J. Viavattine
Retired from Postal Inspection Service
May 10, 2017

 

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