Patrolman William H. Welch

Patrolman William H. Welch

Framingham Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 3, 1923

William H. Welch

Patrolman William Welch was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person at 0330 hours. He was on his nightly rounds when he encountered the man at McGrath Square. He took the man to the Roxbury House to phone police headquarters, but while he was on the phone, the man fled.

As Patrolman Welch caught up to the suspect he produced a concealed handgun and shot the patrolman, killing him. A suspect was arrested two months later but acquitted at trial. The same man was later convicted of shooting a second man and died while in prison. It is believed the man confessed to killing Patrolman Welch while on his deathbed.

Patrolman Welch had served with the Framingham Police Department for 15 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 52
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Deceased

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 89th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 23, 2012

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