Patrolman William Vaughn

Patrolman William Vaughn

Centralia Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, July 15, 1946

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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,
Sir, even though its been over 75 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Centralia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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