Deputy Sheriff William Hauley Coleman

Deputy Sheriff William Hauley Coleman

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, January 8, 2012

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William Hauley Coleman

Deputy Sheriff William Coleman was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call in Anthem at approximately 4:15 am.

As he and another deputy arrived at the scene they encountered a male subject inside of a van at a medical building near the intersection of Anthem Way and Gavilan Peak Parkway. As they attempted to make contact with the man he opened fire on them with a rifle, striking Deputy Coleman below his vest. The suspect was killed by return gunfire from other deputies.

Deputy Coleman was transported to John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Deputy Coleman had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, four children, his father, and four siblings.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge 977

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Hey Wild Bill, I look back today being just over 9 years ago, still feeling like I'm on the way to work excited for the shenanigans we'd be getting into. It's taken me this long to leave a comment here. I'm still torn not to have been able to see you drive home at the end of watch in Big Red. Hell it's taken me 9 years just to be able to drive around the old 431 beat without being a complete emotional wreck.

There were many shifts and special assignments to include Task Force and off duty gigs we worked as partners together which I do miss. I constantly wish I never observed that suspect inside his van that morning. All things happen for a reason which God has pre-planned for us all. After I was able to leave that scene being taken to the hospital and receiving the news you had passed. I was devastated, seeking reason and explanation to include trying to blame myself for your loss.

It's taken so long to accept, you purposely placed yourself in the position we made contact to protect me, knowing I had the vantage point to render the scenario safe if it went south. You and I being unaware, fulfilled what was planned by God to remove an evil threat from committing more cold blooded murder. You sacrificed yourself for the better of mankind that early morning, I'm forever in your debt.

Seeking inner personal Peace is difficult to achieve because I still have a major void in my Soul which was created that morning at the end of our incident. I respectfully apologize for becoming disconnected with Beth and the children. I feel like I failed them which makes seeing them more difficult as time goes on.

Thank you for visiting me when I need your help, I appreciate the "get off your ass and motivate messages".

This is written on a headstone in Ireland;

"Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

My Brother, May God Bless and Peace Be With You Always Bill.

Deputy S. Osborn #R1162 (Retired)
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

April 11, 2021

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