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Patrolman William Stanley Meadows | Amarillo Police Department, Texas Amarillo Police Department, Texas

Patrolman

William Stanley Meadows

Amarillo Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, June 8, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .257 caliber

Offender: One shot and killed

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Patrolman Meadows was shot and killed just outside of the city limits during a vehicle pursuit of two juvenile suspects who had fled from a boy's camp and taken a family hostage. During the pursuit the two juveniles repeatedely fired at officers, striking Patrolman Meadows in the head.

Other officers returned fire, killing one of the suspects, age 14. The other 15-year-old suspect was sent to a state reformatory. On his 17th birthday he was charged with murder but was later acquitted because it could not be determined who fired the fatal shot. He returned to his home in Hammon, Oklahoma, where on February 8, 1967, he murdered his father, his brother, and a friend. He was convicted of three counts of murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to three life terms. He died in prison November 13, 2013.

Patrolman Meadows was survived by his wife.

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Rest in Peace Patrolman William Stanley Meadows. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Amarillo, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell are gnawing on the bones of those responsible for your murder. May they rot in hell!

Amen.

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
June 8, 2016

 

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