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Officer William Franklin Mines | Fredericksburg Police Department, Virginia Fredericksburg Police Department, Virginia

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William Franklin Mines

Fredericksburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 1964

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .32 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Mines and Sergeant Roy Wright were shot and killed after stopping a suspicious man behind a local business in the late night hours. The officers called the man over to their patrol car. Unbeknownst to the officers the man was wanted in Minnesota for murder. As the suspect talked to the officers, who were still seated in their patrol car, the suspect produced a handgun and opened fire, killing Officer Mines instantly. Sergeant Wright, who was wounded, exited the vehicle and was then shot execution style by the suspect. The officers were not found for several hours as they had not called in the stop.

As the suspect fled he nearly struck a delivery man, who wrote down the license plate in order to report him as a reckless driver. During the investigation the plate was traced to the suspect. Three days later he was apprehended in Inkster, Michigan, after he crashed the car he was driving into another car during a police chase. The driver of the other car, a 21 year-old man who was to be married the next day, was killed.

The suspect was returned to Virginia and sentenced to life. He died of liver cancer while still in prison on February 17, 2004, several days after an appeal for clemency was denied by the governor of Virginia.

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Sergeant Roy Glen Wright
Fredericksburg Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Tuesday, May 5, 1964
Cause: Gunfire

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Frank, I was twenty four years old when I received the phone call from Lt. Fleming two hours early to report on duty. He did not tell me why but told me to report behind the shopping center. When I arrived was the beginning of the most awful day of my life and I am now 74 years old. I proudly served as one of your pallbearers.
I know you are in heaven with our father.

P.L. McIver Chief of Police Retired
Garner Police Department
Garner, North Carolina
April 19, 2014

 

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