Patrolman William Vaughn

Patrolman William Vaughn

Centralia Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, July 15, 1946

William Vaughn

Patrolman William Vaughn was shot and killed as he and another officer arrested a man involved in an altercation with a woman.

The officers were walking the man out of a hotel when the man pulled out a .22-caliber pistol and shot each officer once, killing Patrolman Vaughn. The suspect was then shot and killed by the wounded officer.

Patrolman Vaughn had served with the Centralia Police Department for three years.


  • Age 65
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Patrolman Vaughn's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 8-31-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

August 31, 2016

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