Patrolman William Larry Whitwell

Patrolman William Larry Whitwell

Columbia Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, April 5, 1981

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William Larry Whitwell

Patrolman William Whitwell was shot and killed with his own weapon after stopping a vehicle for speeding.

Unbeknownst to Patrolman Whitwell, the two occupants had just robbed a local fast food restaurant. As he was talking with the men the robbery call was broadcast over the radio and Patrolman Whitwell observed a money bag in the vehicle. A struggle ensued and Patrolman Whitwell was shot with his own weapon.

Both subjects, ages 19 and 17, fled but were later apprehended. One was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life. The 17 year-old was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 50 years. He was denied parole in October 2012 but was paroled months later. The other suspect has a parole hearing in October of 2020.

Patrolman Whitwell was survived by his wife and son.

Bio

  • Age 34
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Whitewell,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Columbia. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 5, 2021

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