Deputy Sheriff William R. Dils

Deputy Sheriff William R. Dils

Erie County Sheriff's Office, New York

End of Watch Saturday, November 5, 1977

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William R. Dils

Deputy William Dils was shot and killed while investigating a burglary at a residence in North Collins.

He was shot once in the abdomen through a closed bedroom door. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The killer was sentenced to 25 years to life. He has a parole hearing in May of 2012.

Deputy Dils was a WWII veteran and had been employed with the Erie County Sheriff's Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, sons, and grandchildren.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Dils.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 1, 2022

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