Night Policeman William Richard Coleman

Night Policeman William Richard Coleman

Arab Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, August 14, 1943

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William Richard Coleman

Night Policeman William Coleman was shot and killed from ambush by members of a family seeking retaliation against him.

Policeman Coleman had encountered one of the family members the previous day when the man was caught driving recklessly through town. The man and three other family members located Policeman Coleman in front of the Arab Billiard Parlor and shot him several times before stealing his service revolver.

Four of the family members were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The primary suspect was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Policeman Coleman had served in law enforcement for over 35 years. He had previously served with the Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Guntersville Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 72
  • Tour 35 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

ambush, retaliation

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Wow! A great figure and a humble hero. Rest in peace Officer Coleman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 31, 2019

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