Officer William C. Wurst

Officer William C. Wurst

Hainesport Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Friday, March 28, 1975

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William C. Wurst

Officer William Wurst and Patrolman Donald Aleshire, of the Mount Holly Police Department, were shot and killed by a sniper.

Officer John Holmes, also of the Mount Holly Police Department, was wounded on the same day and paralyzed before succumbing to his injuries 17 years later.

Officer Wurst was a Vietnam War veteran and had served with the Hainesport Police Department for two years. He was survived by his parents, sister, and twin brother.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Committed to mental institution


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Bill, years have pasted and you are still missed by so many of us. My father (Sonny) Francis Burns , mourned for you all the time, Easter was never the same with out you here with us. Now dad is up there with you. I know the two of you are having a good time talking over the old days. Just to let you know I name my son William in honor of you. Rest In Peace and give dad a big hug for me.

Terrylynn Burns

July 25, 2022

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