Patrolman William A. "Billy" West

Patrolman William A. "Billy" West

Cushing Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch Saturday, July 18, 1931

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William A. "Billy" West

Patrolman William West was shot and killed while searching for several men who had robbed a citizen earlier in the day. While searching a dark garage Patrolman West was shot in the leg and heart.

Three men were apprehended and charged in connection with Patrolman West's murder. One, who turned states evidence, had his charges dismissed. The triggerman, 35, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life on October 15, 1931. He was paroled on January 11, 1943.

Patrolman West had been with the agency for two years; he had previously served with the United States Army in Germany during World War I. He was survived by his wife and child and is buried at Fairlawn Cemetery in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1943

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Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice is one that that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 18, 2020

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