Patrolman Willis Riley Bridges

Patrolman Willis Riley Bridges

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, April 20, 1929

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Willis Riley Bridges

Patrolman Willis Bridges was shot and killed when he and his partner attempted to arrest a drunken suspect at the intersection of 3rd Street and Beale Street.

As Patrolman Bridges approached the man to search him, the subject drew a pistol from under his coat and fired one shot, striking him. Patrolman Bridges' partner returned fire, fatally striking the suspect six times. Patrolman Bridges was taken to Methodist Hospital where he died.

Patrolman Bridges served with the Memphis Police Department for 20 years.


  • Age 61
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 83rd anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 20, 2012

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