Captain William A. Brown

Captain William A. Brown

Ogden Police Department, Utah

End of Watch Sunday, April 30, 1899

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William A. Brown

Captain William Brown was shot and killed while assisting another agency in search for robbery suspects.

Captain Brown and four other officers rode into the surrounding mountains searching for two robbery suspects. The officers went as far as they could on horseback and continued on foot. The officers caught sight of the suspects and ordered them to surrender. The first suspect opened fire on the officers. Captain Brown opened fire and killed the first suspect.

The second suspect started to run, with Captain Brown following. Captain Brown was able to catch up with the second suspect. As he came along the suspect, the suspect pulled a gun and shot Captain Brown in the right side. The bullet hit a notebook in Captain Brown’s coat and struck his heart killing him instantly.

The suspect ran for cover and surrendered.

Captain Brown served with the Ogden Police Department for eight years. He was survived by five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed on July 7, 1899 by firing squad

foot pursuit, pursuit

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Jacob Scott Brown
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June 19, 2022

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