Police Officer William Eric Freeman

Police Officer William Eric Freeman

Huntsville Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, December 15, 2007

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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I don’t visit this page nearly enough....Hell I haven’t been back to your gravesite since the day we buried you. For that I’m sorry. The pain from that night still lingers. I live with it everyday and I’m scared I won’t be strong enough to handle that much at once if I go. Christ I don’t even go to the south end of town for that very reason unless I have to. I miss you brother. It gets harder each day without you. I keep you with me always and your family in my thoughts. I’ll do my best to look after Cameron when he graduates the academy, we all will. I’m sorry brother.

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October 19, 2018

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