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. Chaplain Paris died of his injuries two days later.

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, the 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

negotiation, EDP

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Rev Paris,
Although we never met your wife and daughter have become my family. They are loved and held in my heart forever. They taught me to be a better Christian. Please know you are loved and missed!

Paula Meinkr

August 14, 2022

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