Officer William J. Street

Officer William J. Street

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Monday, October 8, 1883

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William J. Street

Officer William Street was killed when he was struck in the head with an axe as he investigated a disturbance at a home near the city's fairgrounds at Holmes Avenue and Pulaski Pike.

When he arrived at the home he found it to be occupied by a single man. As he began to leave another man, who had been hidden in a closet, came up from behind and struck him on the head with the axe.

The killer was taken from jail by an angry mob of citizens and lynched.

Officer Street was a Confederate Civil War Veteran who served in Russell's 4th Alabama Calvary as a private.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Axe
  • Offender Lynched


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Rest in peace and know that no passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 8, 2020

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