Chief of Police William Henry Bishop

Chief of Police William Henry Bishop

Oakdale Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 1943

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William Henry Bishop

Chief Bishop was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man suspected of stealing war bonds. He was shot as he walked into a cafe where the man had been located. The suspect was a parolee from the California Department of Corrections.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. In 1944 the Louisiana Supreme Court reversed the sentence.

Chief Bishop was served 21 years as a law enforcement officer. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death


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Chief Bishop,

You were the Grandfather I never knew. Thanks for rearing my mom, Ruth Elizabeth. I wish I would have had the chance to know you. I did learn to hunt with your Browning 12 gauge quail gun. Thank you! Greatness is all too quickly lost to us.

William Craig Taylor

April 15, 2022

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