Officer William Peterson

Officer William Peterson

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 1962

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William Peterson

Officer William Peterson was struck and killed by a drunk driver while assisting in the execution of a warrant at 9 p.m.

While walking on the service road in the 6500 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard towards another patrol car, Officer Peterson was hit and knocked into a ditch. He was transported to Norfolk Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries an hour later.

The driver was arrested and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drunken driving.

Officer Peterson had served with the Norfolk Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife, son, foster parents, and sister.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Guilty of involuntary manslaughter

drunk driver, DUI, warrant service

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