Patrolman William Stephen Snead

Patrolman William Stephen Snead

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, February 5, 1937

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William Stephen Snead

Patrolman William Snead was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man who was breaking into a jewelry store at 120 East Broad Street.

He had just completed his shift and was walking along the street when he encountered a man who had just broken the front window of the store with a hammer. As Patrolman Snead attempted to arrest him, the man fatally struck him on the head with the hammer, fracturing his skull.

The subject then took Patrolman Snead's service weapon and shot him in the jaw before fleeing. A citizen who witnessed the incident followed the man and alerted other officers. The man was shot and killed while resisting arrest.

Patrolman Snead had served with the Richmond Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object; Hammer
  • Offender Shot and killed

arrest attempt

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My prayers are with you and your family on the anniversary of your death. You are remembered by all who came after you and served our community. You bravery will not be forgotten. Heroes never die.

Detective Sergeant Ret. Robert Walker
Richmond Police Department

February 5, 2019

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