Police Officer William Eric Freeman

Police Officer William Eric Freeman

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, December 15, 2007

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William Eric Freeman

Officer William Freeman was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to an automobile accident on Bailey Cove Road, near Weatherly Road, at approximately 8:45 pm. When they arrived at the scene they located one of the subjects sitting on a curb.

As they approached the subject and attempted to arrest him for DUI, the man produced a handgun and shot Officer Freeman in the face. The other officer, with the help of two bystanders, was able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody. The suspect was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Freemen was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following morning.

Officer Freeman had served with the Huntsville Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 364

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 14, 2007
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentence to life in prison

accident scene, drunk driver

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Son of fallen HPD officer graduates from police academy
WHNT News 19 Dec. 14, 2028

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A newly sworn-in Huntsville Police Department officer will continue the work of his father, who was killed in the line of duty.

Among the officers graduating from the academy Friday morning was Cameron Freeman, the son of fallen Officer Eric Freeman. Cameron became an officer on the 11-year anniversary of his father’s shooting.

Eric Freeman responded to a traffic accident at Bailey Cove and Weatherly roads on Dec. 14, 2007. He was shot by one of the people involved in the wreck and died the next day. Freeman’s killer is serving a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.

Members of Freeman’s Members of Freeman’s squad joined Cameron and Eric’s widow, Leslie, this week at the memorial in front of the Huntsville Police Department.

“Most have moved on to other divisions of the department or retired since Eric’s death but remember the sacrifice he gave and wanted to show support for Cameron,” the police department said in a Facebook post.

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