Officer William Vernon Welch

Officer William Vernon Welch

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 1973

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William Vernon Welch

Officer William Welch was shot and killed after walking in on a robbery in progress at a 7-11 store.

The suspect turned and fired at Officer Welch as he entered the store. Officer Welch emptied his gun at the suspect before he died, but the suspect escaped.

Officer Welch had been employed with the Fort Worth Police Department for six years.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 1218

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

robbery in progress

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Though we were neighbors for a short time you made a great impression on a young teenager. Even these many years later I still think of you and your family. Every time an officer dies it brings back memories of the night we all lost you.

James Driver
Neighbor and friend

July 16, 2016

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