Chaplain William Paris

Chaplain William Paris

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, March 3, 1976

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William Paris

Chaplain William Paris was shot and killed while attempting to negotiate with a man at the Hotel Addison who had just shot a hotel manager and himself. The suspect agreed to talk with the unarmed chaplain, but as Chaplain Paris came into view the suspect opened fire, striking him in the head. The suspect then shot and wounded a tactical officer who was attempting to rescue Chaplain Paris.

The suspect, a former mental patient, was shot and killed by a police sniper when he went to the roof and began firing at other officers. Chaplain Paris died of his injuries two days later.

Chaplain Paris, pastor of the AME Zion Church, had served with the Detroit Police Department for two years. He was the first Detroit police chaplain slain in the line of duty. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, March 1, 1976
  • Weapon Rifle; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Rev Paris I have grown to love your family. They are very special people. Your wife is precious. I visited you in DC when I saw my dads name too. You were a great man. A brave man and you were a wonderful family man. RIP
Paula Meinke
Daughter William Bell
EOW 8/14/1966

Paula Meinke

March 1, 2019

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