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Detective William E. Loscheider | Joliet Police Department, Illinois Joliet Police Department, Illinois


William E. Loscheider

Joliet Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, April 2, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 142

Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

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Detective William Loscheider was accidentally shot and killed by another officer in a case of mistaken identity.

Detective Loscheider, along with other officers, was working on a stakeout of a liquor company in the 700 block of Broadway following information from an informant. After observing three men making entry into the business, officers were given orders to move in. The suspects quickly fled after spotting the officers, one of whom was apprehended immediately.

A second officer was chasing the suspects when he lost sight of them. As Detective Loscheider approached the scene with his gun drawn in the darkness, the second officer did not recognize him and ordered him to drop his gun. When Detective Loscheider didn't comply, the officer fired from his shotgun, fatally wounding him.

The burglars were later apprehended, charged, and convicted of murder for Detective Loscheider's death.

Detective Loscheider was survived by his wife and daughter. Since his death, the Joliet Police Department organized the Police Athletic League and the field at Plainfield and Wyoming was dedicated in his memory. Detective Loscheider received 17 commendations, one of which was for rescuing a girl from a fire.

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Detective Loscheider's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 2-10-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
February 10, 2017


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