Patrolman William Harvey Austin

Patrolman William Harvey Austin

Portsmouth Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 18, 1969

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William Harvey Austin

Patrolman Austin was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend an armed robbery suspect at High Street and Mount Vernon Avenue.

The suspect was attempting to rob a drive-in restaurant. The suspect was captured and sentenced to life in prison in December 1969.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Patrolman Austin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Portsmouth. 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 18, 2019

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