Patrolman William J. Otis

Patrolman William J. Otis

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, March 3, 1971

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William J. Otis

Patrolman William Otis was killed by a gunshot while he and his partner responded to a burglary in progress call at a home on Centre Avenue in Oakland. The owner of the residence, thinking Officer Otis was the burglar, shot him as he entered a hallway.

Patrolman Otis was taken to University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital where he died within the hour.

Patrolman Otis had served with the Pittsburgh Police Department for 13 months and was a member of the Army Reserves where he served in the Vietnam War. He was survived by his wife, two year old son, and parents, and sister.


  • Age 23
  • Tour 1 year, 1 month
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender No charges filed

burglary in progress, fatal funnel

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His loving wife (Blance Otis ) died on October 8th 2019

Greg Fleming
CRRU nephew

October 11, 2019

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