Patrolman William Orma Sorrell

Patrolman William Orma Sorrell

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 1931

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William Orma Sorrell

Patrolman William Sorrell was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery in progress. The suspect was never apprehended.

At 10:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 1931, Patrolman Sorrell and his partner Patrolman William Kist, walked into a drugstore located at the corner of Betts and Linn Street in Cincinnati and unknowingly interrupted a robbery in progress. Two male suspects had just robbed the store of $70-$75 and were preparing to leave as the officers walked in. One of the suspects opened fire on the officers, striking Patrolman Sorrell in the forehead before he had a chance to reach for his weapon. The men ran out of the store with Patrolman Kist in pursuit, but were able to elude the officer.

Patrolman Sorrell had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 57

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Orma Sorrell of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 54 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

March 25, 2018

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