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Police Officer William T. Gaskin | Huntsville Police Department, Alabama Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

Police Officer

William T. Gaskin

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 27, 1968

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 22

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Murdered in prison

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Officer William Gaskin was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Toll Gate Road.

He had radioed to dispatch that he was making the stop and was found by other officers suffering from a gunshot wound. He was still holding the suspect's driver's license when he was found.

The man was committed to a mental institution where he was stabbed to death two years later.

Police Officer Gaskin was a U.S. Army veteran had only served with the Huntsville Police Department for three months. He was survived by his three aunts and uncles.

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After just finding this site with your Memorial, be it known that very few days goes by that you are not remembered. Your grave is visited as we discuss the times we had together. As you already know from looking down on us, I married that beautiful young lady we discussed many times and she has been as wonderful as we thought she would be. It hurts daily as I see the signs along US 231/431 North honoring those who have fallen in the line of duty only to see that your name was omitted from those listed but not from my heart. One of these day we will reunite to walk those street of gold, discussing old times together growing up as the best first cousins. Why you were taken from me, I don’t know but I’m sure God had His reasons and someday I’ll be told.

Aubrey W. Smith, JR
December 21, 2014


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