Police Officer William Strong

Police Officer William Strong

Provo Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Monday, June 26, 1899

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William Strong

Police Officer William Strong was shot and killed after arresting two hobos who had just gotten off a freight train at the Union Depot in Provo.

As he was walking one of the men to jail the man fled. The suspect escaped but Officer Strong located a second hobo and arrested him. The suspect produced a .38 caliber pistol near the intersection of 3rd Street and struck Officer Strong in the back of the head, knocking him down.

As Officer Strong attempted to get up the man pressed the pistol against his chest and shot him in the heart, killing him. The suspect fled but was eventually arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life at hard labor.

Officer Strong had served in various law enforcement jobs in the area for 30 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 59
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Not available

arrest, trespasser

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Officer Strong,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Provo. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 26, 2019

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