Watchman William T. Pullan

Watchman William T. Pullan

Providence City Watch, Rhode Island

End of Watch Tuesday, May 18, 1852

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William T. Pullan

Watchmen William Pullan was beaten to death by suspects he and another Watchman were attempting to arrest for creating a disturbance. Watchman Pullan and his partner were walking their regular beat on Broad Street, in Providence, at approximately midnight when they heard the sound of people kicking over barrels and boxes. When they arrived at the source of the sound, they observed two men kicking over a barrel. Watchman Pullan's partner took one suspect into custody, but the second suspect fled.

As Watchman Pullan and his partner were walking with the one suspect, they observed that four men had surrounded an off-duty Watchman. Watchman Pullan and his partner ran over to help and were able to take three of the men into custody. As they were walking with them, another man attacked them with a club, striking Watchman Pullan several times in the head. When Watchman Pullan fell to the ground, he was beaten by the four suspects. Watchman Pullan's partner was also struck by the suspect, but he and the off-duty Watchman were able to frighten off the suspects.

Watchman Pullan was taken to his home and a doctor was summoned. The doctor was unable to treat Watchman Pullan and he died of his wounds at approximately 10:00 am.

Watchman Pullan was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 52
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

arrest attempt, disturbance

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Watchman Pullan, it has been 172 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your years of law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

May 21, 2024

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