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Patrolman William Frederick Meyer | Louisville Police Department, Kentucky Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

Patrolman

William Frederick Meyer

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Friday, September 1, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman William Meyer was shot and killed by in a shootout with five men who had just robbed a grocery store. He confronted the suspects in the grocery store parking lot at 2100 Gardiner Lane as they were making their escape.

One of the suspects was captured in Vincennes, Indiana, the next day. Three were apprehended in Racine, Wisconsin, three days later. The fifth suspect was captured by FBI agents in Tampa, Florida, on March 2, 1968. All five were out of jail and under bond for grocery store robberies committed in Madison, Wisconsin, and Springfield, Illinois. Four of the suspects were found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to death July 3, 1968. In 1972 their sentences were commuted to life.

Patrolman Meyer was survived by his wife and children. In 1959 he was cited for unusual bravery when he rescued two people from a fire.

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Rest in peace Patrolman Meyer. Decency and character are a hero's motto.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
March 31, 2017

 

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