Police Officer William Steven Whalen

Police Officer William Steven Whalen

Dayton Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, March 22, 1991

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William Steven Whalen

Police Officer William Whalen was shot and killed near the intersection of Xenia Avenue at St. Paul Avenue while attempting to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with a shooting at a local hotel.

As he attempted to stop the truck the driver opened the rear window and opened fire with an AR-15 rifle. Officer Whalen was able to return fire twice but was struck in the head and killed.

The subject was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. His first parole hearing is in June 2048.

Officer Whalen was survived by his parents.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge 608

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Sentenced to life

shots fired call, traffic stop

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Many years have gone by since the terrible sad time of hearing of the murder of Officer Steve Whalen, a true man of God. Steve was my in-law's neighbor in Dayton. Everyone admired him. His parents were the best and raised the best. He would let my kids sit in the back of his cop car with the lights on, with an occasional blare of the siren. They loved it! Everytime I make it home back to Dayton and drive through the old neighborhood and see the street sign bearing his name, I think of Steve and all his good works. He would be the first to say, "To God be the glory." RIP dear Hero.

Peggy Reeser (Hardigree)
former Dayton citizen

August 25, 2019

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