Patrolman William H. Welch

Patrolman William H. Welch

Framingham Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, February 3, 1923

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William H. Welch

Patrolman William Welch was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person at 3:00 am.

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.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

suspicious person

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It is hard to believe that it has been a century since the passing of Framingham Patrolman William H. Welch. But today, February 3, 2023, marks the 100th anniversary of the End of Watch for this heroic officer. It was on this day in 1923 that Patrolman Welch was shot and killed by a suspicious person he was investigating at McGrath Square. He was a 15-year veteran who left behind a wife and three children. Memorialized by the street that now bears his name, we are reminded of Patrolman Welch’s sacrifice each time we enter our building at 1 William H. Welch Way. Today, as in every day, we honor his bravery and his memory. A memorial wreath is on display in our front lobby and will be later be placed at the gravesite to pay our respects. R.I.P.

Framingham, MA

February 4, 2023

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