Patrolman William T. Barnett

Patrolman William T. Barnett

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, March 27, 1932

William T. Barnett

Patrolman William Barnett and Patrolman Thomas Nicholson were shot and killed after they responded to a domestic disturbance in North Lakeland.

The two officers were struggling with two men when they shot and killed both officers. Other officers arrived at the scene and took both men into custody. It was later determined that both suspects used the same gun and each killed one officer.

Both suspects were convicted of Patrolman Nicholson's and Patrolman Barnett's murder. One of the suspects was sentenced to death on April 18th, 1932. He escaped from a mental institution, committed a murder and robbery in Levy County, Florida, and was recaptured. He was executed in the electric chair on November 22nd, 1943.

Bio

  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Arrested

domestic

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Patrolman Barnett,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lakeland.

R.I.P.
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March 27, 2013

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