Patrolman William Armstrong

Patrolman William Armstrong

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, March 9, 1919

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William Armstrong

Patrolman William Armstrong was shot and killed when he observed an armed robbery in progress.

As he attempted to arrest the suspect he was shot twice in the chest. He was able to return fire but did not strike the suspect. The man fled and was never positively identified or apprehended.

Patrolman Armstrong had been with the Cleveland Division of Police for four years. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, and two brothers.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Never identified

robbery in progress

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Armstrong of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 79 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

March 9, 2023

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