Patrolman William Nathan Shapiro

Patrolman William Nathan Shapiro

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, April 26, 1974

William Nathan Shapiro

Patrolman William Shapiro was shot and killed by a sniper who had been shooting at traffic at Baldwin Reservoir. Patrolman Shapiro and other officers had responded to the scene two previous times but were unable to locate the suspect. When they arrived the third time the suspect ambushed them and shot Patrolman Shapiro using a high powered rifle.

The suspect was charged with Patrolman Shapiro's murder and found not guilty by reason of insanity and was remanded to a state hospital.

Patrolman Shapiro had served with the agency for 5 years. He was survived by his wife, four children, parents, and brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 2247

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not guilty by reason of insanity

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