Patrolman William Reed Templin

Patrolman William Reed Templin

Penn Central Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Sunday, May 19, 1974

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William Reed Templin

Patrolman William Templin was shot and killed while he and his partner patrolled the company's yards in Chicago, Illinois.

Patrolman Templin, who was an unarmed probationary officer, had been separated from his partner by a passing train as they checked rail cars at 71st Street and the Chicago Skyway. He was attacked by a radical racist group and shot execution style.

One of the suspects was later shot and killed by other officers. The other two suspects were convicted, served jail time and have since been released.

Patrolman Templin had served with the Penn Central Railroad Police Department for only three weeks.

The Black Liberation Army was a violent, radical group that attempted to fight for independence from the United States government in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country. They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Illinois
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Rest in Peace Patrolman William Reed Templin. Thank You for your brave Service and Sacrifice protecting America's Steel Roadways.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and the men and women who now serve. I also Pray that while some of your murderers escaped punishment here on this earthly realm that the hounds of hell are now or soon will be gnawing on their sorry bones. May nothing but thorn bushes and weeds grow on their graves. May their sorry souls be consumed by the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

May 19, 2016

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