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.

At 10:00 p.m., Patrolman Sorrell and his partner walked into a drugstore located at 1400 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 Sorrell's partner in pursuit but were able to elude the officer.

Two men who were executed on August 14, 1933, for the murder of a bank cashier in Silverton told Cincinnati detectives that they killed Patrolman Sorrell a few days before they were executed. The detectives said they answered questions in such a way that proved they murdered Patrolman Sorrell.

Patrolman Sorrell had served with the Cincinnati Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 57

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed for another murder

robbery in progress

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Orma Sorrell of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 24, 2024

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