Patrolman William Preston Bryant

Patrolman William Preston Bryant

Louisville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Tuesday, August 17, 1943

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William Preston Bryant

Patrolman Bryant was shot and killed during a traffic stop while patrolling Beat 47 in the West End.

Unbeknownst to Patrolman Bryant, the four occupants were planning to rob a local bank and the vehicle had been stolen from the Louisville police chief so the occupants could listen to the police radio during the robbery. Three of the suspects were apprehended within a few days and fourth was apprehended several months later.

Patrolman Bryant had been with the Louisville Police Department for 17 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Four suspects apprehended

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Patrolman Bryant,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Louisville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 17, 2018

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