Police Officer William Morris Robinson

Police Officer William Morris Robinson

Newburgh City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Sunday, November 18, 1973

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William Morris Robinson

Police Officer William Robinson was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in which a man was beating his wife on Benkard Avenue in Newburgh.

The suspect holed up inside his house and engaged officers in a shootout. Officer Robinson was fatally struck as he took cover behind his patrol car. It took several minutes for help to reach Officer Robinson.

The suspect, 23, was arrested at the scene. On October 9, 1975, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years to life.

Officer Robinson was a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and had served with the Newburgh City Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 44
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Officer Robinson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with USMC. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

November 18, 2023

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