Police Officer William Washington

Police Officer William Washington

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 1980

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William Washington

Officer Washington was shot and killed from ambush while responding to a domestic disturbance call in southwest Philadelphia. The suspect had barricaded himself in his residence after assaulting his wife and children. The suspect shot Officer Washington with a rifle from a second floor window as Washington approached the residence.

Officer Washington was engaged to be married at the time of his death.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 9614

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, barricade, domestic

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We, the Philadelphia Police Academy Class #388 (2018-2019), have dedicated our class to the honor and memory of Police Officer William Washington #9614.

We honor his brave sacrifice in saving the lives of those in danger. We honor his family members and those Police Officers, both active and retired, who served with him in the 12th District.

We laud him high as a hero and as an example of a dedicated public servant for our future officers to look up to.

May God ever bless his remembrance, and may his name and reputation be always great upon our lips and in our hearts.

Sergeants Timothy Fanning & Timothy Veal
Executive Officers - Class 388 - Philadelphia Police Department

January 21, 2019

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