Police Officer William Edward Phillips, III

Police Officer William Edward Phillips, III

Greenfield Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, September 30, 2010

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William Edward Phillips, III

Officer Will Phillips was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while on bike patrol training at approximately 12:45 am in Henry County.

Officer Phillips and two other members of the bike patrol team had just finished their shift and were conducting a training ride on department-issued bicycles. While they were riding westbound on U.S. 40 near the Knightstown High School, he was struck from behind by the driver of a vehicle who then fled the scene. All of the officers were wearing helmets and had lights on their bicycles.

The 59-year-old female suspect driver later surrendered and was charged with failure to stop after a fatal accident. She was subsequently sentenced to only two years of home confinement.

Officer Phillips had served with the Greenfield Police Department for nearly 4½ years and had previously served with the McCordsville Police Department. He was a US Marine Corps veteran, and he is survived by his wife, 2- and 5-year-old sons, two sisters, and his parents.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years, 5 months
  • Badge 251

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 2 years home-confinement

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Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 30, 2020

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