Patrolman Glenn William "Bill" Turner

Patrolman Glenn William "Bill" Turner

Reno Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, December 29, 1979

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Glenn William "Bill" Turner

Patrolman Bill Turner succumbed to complications of severe injuries sustained in 1967 and 1970.

On September 21st, 1967, he and another officer were off duty when they were asked by a bartender to escort two underage men out of a bar, at 703 South Virginia Street, after they had attempted to buy alcohol. As the underage men left they suddenly attacked the two officers, several beating them both with their fists and a sap. Most of Patrolman Turner's teeth were knocked out and he required 250 stitches on his face. After an extended medical leave, he returned to duty but had begun to suffer seizures as the result of blood clots.

In 1970 Patrolman Turner responded to a call involving a man threatening to throw a child from a roof. During the ensuing struggle with the man, Patrolman Turner suffered a broken neck. The neck injury caused him to suffer severe circulation problems in his legs and additional blood clots to the point that doctors recommended amputating both legs. On December 29, 1979, Patrolman Turner suffered a fatal seizure as a result of the blood clots.

Patrolman Turner was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Reno Police Department for 13 years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 142
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Thursday, September 21, 1967
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Not available

alcohol violation, off duty

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Patrolman Turner,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

December 29, 2019

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