Patrolman William M. Terry

Patrolman William M. Terry

Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, July 3, 1925

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William M. Terry

Patrolman William Terry, Patrolman Claude Morgan, and Detective Ambrose Smith were shot and killed while conducting a liquor raid on a house at Shenandoah Avenue and 22nd Street, NW.

The officers surrounded the house when a pistol shot suddenly rang out. In the ensuing shootout, all three officers were fatally wounded.

Patrolman Terry was struck in the head and succumbed to his wounds early the next morning. Patrolman Morgan was struck in the abdomen and succumbed to his wounds two days later. Detective Smith succumbed to his wounds two years later.

The subject was apprehended a few days later and sentenced to life plus 18 years.

Patrolman Terry had served with the Roanoke City Police Department for three years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Wednesday, July 1, 1925
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

alcohol violation, search warrant

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Rest in peace Patrolman Terry.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 19, 2022

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