Patrolman William Bather

Patrolman William Bather

Toledo Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, May 27, 1919

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William Bather

Patrolman Bather succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night while attempting to arrest three men he suspected of being in possession of a stolen car. He had observed the men trying to start the car at the intersection of Emerald Avenue and Field Avenue. One of the men shot him as he began to question them. All three men fled the scene on foot.

Patrolman Bather was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital where he died the following day. He had served with the agency for 2 years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, May 26, 1919
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Bather of the Toledo Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

May 27, 2021

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