Sergeant William N. Campbell

Sergeant William N. Campbell

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, May 30, 1979

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William N. Campbell

Sergeant William Campbell was shot and killed by a subject who had entered his police car and started using the radio in front of the police station.

Sergeant Campbell was walking out of the 6th District Police Station on Ruskin Avenue when the prisoner was able to fire a shotgun that was kept in the patrol car. The shot struck Sergeant Campbell in the chest, killing him. The man was shot and killed by other officers when he attempted to escape.

Sergeant Campbell had been with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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It's been a long, long time, but I still think of Bill from time to time. I went off duty as he was coming on duty that day so long ago. We talked for a few minutes before I went home. Bill would always review my reports whenever I'd get stuck on a late call and he taught me much. He was always professional and very knowledgeable. He was a good man and a fine officer.

Former Police Officer Dave Bowden
SLMPD 6th and 3rd Districts, retired detective Springfield, MO Police

October 8, 2018

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