Police Officer William Franklin Askew

Police Officer William Franklin Askew

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, July 24, 1979

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William Franklin Askew

Police Officer William Askew suffered a fatal heart attack while struggling with a juvenile suspect following a vehicle pursuit and foot pursuit.

The pursuit started after he attempted to stop a stolen vehicle with two juvenile occupants. He pursued the vehicle for 33 blocks until it crashed in the area of 8741 SW 86th Street. He then pursued one of the subjects on foot and captured him after a brief struggle. He returned the boy to his cruiser when he suddenly collapsed.

The juvenile was charged with third-degree murder as a result of Officer Askew's death.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 1805

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Charged with murder

foot pursuit, juvenile offender, stolen vehicle, struggle, vehicle pursuit

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Thank you for your service and today we take the time to remind you and your family that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 24, 2020

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