Policeman William O. Steam

Policeman William O. Steam

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, February 18, 1921

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William O. Steam

Policeman William Steam was shot and killed from behind by a man who was angry that the officer had just shut down an illegal dance hall. The man approached Policeman Steam and shot him in the back and back of the head, killing him.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

Policeman Steam had served with the Denver Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Officer Steam,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver.


United States Border Patrol

February 18, 2021

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