Sergeant William A. Prochazka

Sergeant William A. Prochazka

Bedford Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, November 10, 1975

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William A. Prochazka

Sergeant Prochazka was shot and killed when he interrupted a robbery in progress at a local paint store. He went to the store to drop off mug shots while investigating a robbery of the store from several weeks earlier. He was shot in the neck as he walked through the rear door.

Four suspects were arrested in Cleveland a short time later. All four were sentenced to death but their sentences were commuted to life in 1977. One of the four, the getaway driver, was released in 2003.

Sergeant Prochazka was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Commuted to life

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant William A. Prochazka of the Bedford Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 71American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 10, 2017

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