Patrolman William Howard Thompson

Patrolman William Howard Thompson

Salem Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, April 5, 1970

William Howard Thompson

Patrolman Thompson was shot and killed by a suspect who had barricaded himself in his house when police tried to serve an arrest warrant. Patrolman Thompson was just getting off duty when he heard the call come out. He had responded to the address earlier in the evening and decided to lend his assistance as he believed he had developed rapport with the suspect. As Patrolman Thompson looked through a window he was struck in the head by a shotgun blast.
Patrolman Thompson had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and two young daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Setenced to life

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Today "A" Shift honors you Officer Thompson by dedicating our watch to you on the 43rd anniversary of your sacrifice. R.I.P. brother, you will never be forgotten

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford City Police Department

April 5, 2013

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