Patrolman William J. Brown

Patrolman William J. Brown

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, December 9, 1917

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William J. Brown

Patrolman William Brown was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for creating a disturbance at a restaurant on St. Mary Street, near Magazine Street.

Two other men had been arrested at the restaurant shortly beforehand and Patrolman Brown returned to the scene to arrest the third subject. As he escorted the man out of the bar a friend of the man opened fire on him, striking him four times.

The subject fled the scene but turned himself in the following morning.

Patrolman Brown was transported to Charity Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 15 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Arrested

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Patrolman Brown,
On today, the 103rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New Orleans.


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