Trooper William G. Doyle

Trooper William G. Doyle

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Thursday, December 14, 1967

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William G. Doyle

Trooper William Doyle was shot and killed while pursuing a stolen car.

The car had been stolen from the Griffiss Air Force Base by two escaped mental patients. When they stole the vehicle a loaded .270 rifle was inside the vehicle. As Trooper Doyle pursued the stolen car one of the suspects opened fire, shattering the front and back window of the patrol car, killing Trooper Doyle. Trooper Doyle's body was found by his brother, who was also a trooper working in the same district.

One suspect later shot and killed the other suspect because he wanted to hold his wife and children hostage. The second suspect then surrendered.

Trooper Doyle had been with the agency for five years.

Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1404

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .270 caliber
  • Offender One killed; One apprehended

mentally ill, stolen vehicle

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I was an altar boy and served the funeral at St John's Church in Oswego. Even at that young age and so long ago I still remember how impressed I was at the number of law enforcement officers in attendance. God bless.

William Dowdle
Altar boy at funeral

November 5, 2019

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