Patrolman William Allen Claassen

Patrolman William Allen Claassen

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Wednesday, February 11, 1953

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William Allen Claassen

Patrolman William Claassen was shot and killed while he and his partner investigated a burglary-in-progress at a local pharmacy.

When they entered the store the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Patrolman Claassen. Both officers were able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Patrolman Claassen was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is buried at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed


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Patrolman Claassan,
On today, the 62nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served in the USN-more than likely judging by your age in WW II. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

February 11, 2015

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