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. He and another officer, driving separate patrol cars, stopped at the store to get a soda. Officer Welch suspicious of cars parked at the store jotted down several license numbers, and then entered the store with the other officer. The robber shot him and then fled as Officer Welch and the other officer emptied their guns. The suspect, who was hit and wounded, was arrested when he sought treatment at a local hospital. He tried and failed to prove his wound was caused by a knife. The license numbers Officer Welch wrote down proved the suspect was at the store.

On October 11, 1973, the suspect, 37, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 99 years.

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 Sentenced to 99 years

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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