Detective William D. Wood

Detective William D. Wood

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Saturday, November 25, 1933

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William D. Wood

Detective William Wood was shot and killed while on an undercover narcotics operation on 7th Street near Walnut. He and his partner were sitting in an unmarked patrol car attempting to identify and arrest drug abusers. A man who was high was looking for a dope dealer with the last name Woods. Patrolman Wood was pointed out to the suspect as being Woods. The man went up to the car and shot Detective Wood without warning.

Detective Wood was the first black police officer with his agency to be murdered in the line of duty. He had been with the agency for 11 years.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 78th 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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 25, 2011

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