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Patrolman William F. Gleisle | Buffalo Police Department, New York Buffalo Police Department, New York


William F. Gleisle

Buffalo Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, November 27, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 344

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Killed in prison riot

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Patrolman William Gleisle was shot and killed while investigating reports of a man with a gun at a diner on Chippewa Street.

When he and his partner arrived at the location they were shot at by the man. Patrolman Gleisle was struck in the head and killed. His partner was wounded in the arm but was able to take the subject into custody with the help of two bystanders. The man was charged with murder and additional chargers.

The suspect, who had been in prison five times, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life October 14, 1968. On September 13, 1971, he was one of 29 inmates killed during a riot at Attica Prison.

Patrolman Gleisle had served with the Buffalo Police Department for seven years and was assigned to Precinct 3. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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

Robyn Wilkes
November 22, 2015


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