Patrolman William Bond

Patrolman William Bond

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Monday, April 21, 1924

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William Bond

Patrolman William Bond was shot and killed in a house on Richmond Street while attempting to arrest a suspect who had been firing a gun at a nearby intersection.

While standing at the corner of Fifth Street and Freeman Avenue Patrolman William Bond heard two gunshots a few blocks north of his location. Following the direction of the sound and witness information he ended up at the rear steps of 918 Richmond Street. After searching the building Patrolman Bond reached the third floor where he found the two shooters in the kitchen of an apartment and one of them was pointing a revolver at him. When Patrolman Bond advanced on him the shooter fired twice. The two bullets entered Patrolman Bond’s chest and abdomen. Patrolman Bond stumbled forward and returned one shot that missed, then grappled with the shooter for the gun. When a neighbor arrived after hearing the gunshots the second shooter fled the scene. The neighbor wrestled the gun out of the hand of the shooter as Patrolman Bond collapsed. The shooter was detained until back up arrived and arrested the shooter.

Patrolman Bond was transported to the local hospital where he died soon after arriving.

The shooter, 24-year-old Wesley Belcher, was charged with the murder of Patrolman Bond and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Ohio Penitentiary; he died while serving his sentence. The second gunman, Ferd Honaker, was found two months later and was killed by a posse in Russell County, Virginia.

Patrolman Bond had served with the agency for 31 and a half years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 31 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, April 20, 1924
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman William Bond of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 56 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 21, 2018

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