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 Griffins 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.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1404

Incident Details

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

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Trooper William G. Doyle will never ever be forgotten. He was a true hero as he gave his life to protect the public. May his soul forever rest in Heaven.

Trooper Doyle's brother, Senior Investigator Jack Doyle was also a well respected member of the New York State Police. I attended his funeral out of a deep respect for him due to his dedication and devotion to the New York State Police and to the people of Oswego County. I am 100 percent positive Trooper William G. Doyle was as dedicated and devoted to the New York State Police and to the people of Oswego County. Thanks to both Jack Doyle and William Doyle.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

March 25, 2018

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