Police Officer William H. Padgett

Police Officer William H. Padgett

Chester City Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, August 28, 1917

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William H. Padgett

Police Officer William Padgett was shot and killed by a man he was attempting to arrest for causing a disturbance at 8th Street and Central Avenue.

During a struggle the suspect produced a revolver that Policeman Padgett tried to wrest from him. The gun discharged killing the officer and severely wounding the suspect. On January 5th, 1918, the suspect was convicted of voluntary manslaughter.

On July 18th, 1916, Policeman Padgett along with another officer apprehended two men and a woman responsible for the murder of Turnkey Isaac Hibbs of the Camden County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Convicted of voluntary manslaughter

arrest attempt, disturbance

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Officer Padgett, as I said in my previous reflection, your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten and with today being the 103rd anniversary of your untimely departure, I will reiterate those words again. Rest in peace always.

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

August 28, 2020

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