Lieutenant William Douglas Oyler

Lieutenant William Douglas Oyler

Buena Vista Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, January 8, 1982

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William Douglas Oyler

Lieutenant William Oyler was shot and killed while responding to a report of shots fired into a house at Locust Avenue and 33rd Street.

When he arrived at the scene, he was shot in the neck by a person who was hiding in a wooded area next to the house. Lieutenant Oyler had not even exited his cruiser when he was shot.

The shooter was convicted of murder and sentenced to 53 years in prison.

Lieutenant Oyler is survived by his wife, son, and three daughters.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 53 years

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Lt. Oyler, Thank You So Much for Giving Your Best, the Best anyone can possibly give. Your Gift is FOREVER the gift of Life for all of us. May God Bless Your Family for many years to come for their sacrifice of You.

Karyl Bennett
Friend of the Family

October 15, 2019

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