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,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Oakdale. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 18, 2018

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