Detective William Wolsey

Detective William Wolsey

Joplin Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1917

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William Wolsey

Detective William Wolsey was shot and killed by a suspect who attempted to rob him on the 2nd Street viaduct.

He had just gotten off work and was walking home when he stopped to speak to a citizen. A man and a juvenile approached and announced a robbery at gunpoint. Detective Wolsey drew his own revolver and the two exchanged shots. Detective Wolsey and the man were both killed. The juvenile was arrested the following day.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

off duty, robbery

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December 9, 2022

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