Chief of Police William M. Cann

Chief of Police William M. Cann

Union City Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, August 29, 1974

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William M. Cann

Chief of Police William Cann succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on June 11th, 1974, when he was shot during a community meeting to discuss the relations between the police department and the Hispanic community.

The meeting was being held in Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 703 C Street. Five shots were fired from a .30-caliber rifle through a window from approximately 60 feet away. Chief Cann was hit twice in the neck and three civilians were shot. The three civilians survived.

The suspect, a former member of a militant group, was convicted of second-degree murder.

Chief Cann had served as the Chief of the Union City Police Department for 15 months. He had previously served with the San Anselmo Police Department, Novato Police Department, and San Bruno Police Department.

Bio

  • Age 32
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, June 11, 1974
  • Weapon Rifle; .30 caliber
  • Offender Convicted of murder

ambush, sniper

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I remember when Mr. Cann worked with my father at the Novato Police Department before he left to become chief in Union City. He was always one of my favorite officers. It was a very sad day when my family heard the news that he had been shot, and then when he died. I had never seen my father so sad before. R.I.P. Chief Cann.

Michele Lafferty
Mike Lafferty's daughter

November 6, 2020

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