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 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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It has now been 46 years since your senseless death. God Bless you, Brother and thank you for those 3 short years.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

January 8, 2019

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