Police Officer William R. Berte

Police Officer William R. Berte

Springfield Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Monday, January 8, 1973

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William R. Berte

Officer William Berte was shot and killed by another officer in the department's garage.

Patrolman Berte had gone to the police garage to pick up a cruiser. He and a patrolman assigned to the garage began arguing as they filled his cruiser with gasoline. The argument turned into a scuffle, and the patrolman was shot with a service revolver. He died at Wesson Memorial Hospital. The other officer was charged with murder.

Officer Berte had served with the Springfield Police Department for 3 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

Bio

  • Age 28
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender In custody

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Officer Berte, it's now been 49 years since you were taken from this world. You are still remembered and honored. Continued Blessings from God and eternal rest.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

January 8, 2022

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