Patrolman William R. H. Fortye

Patrolman William R. H. Fortye

Las Vegas Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch Friday, October 28, 1966

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William R. H. Fortye

Patrolman William Fortye was shot and killed with his own weapon after conducting a traffic stop in the 400 block of Highland Drive.

During the stop, the suspect began to struggle with Patrolman Fortye, gained control of his weapon, and shot him three times. Patrolman Fortye's canine partner, Burgie, attacked the suspect and bit him on the hand, and severed his thumb. The suspect was later apprehended as a result of the dog bite. Burgie was found sitting next to Patrolman Fortye when backup officers arrived.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life. He was paroled in 1981, and died November 11th, 1998.

Patrolman Fortye had served with the Las Vegas Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and daughter.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled in 1981

traffic stop

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God bless you and God bless your partner for his loyalty for defending you to his best ability and not leaving your side. Burgie has likely passed since he defended you 54 years ago. I’m sure he is by your side in heaven and I will always have both of you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless both of you and God bless your family. Semper Fi brother and Semper Fi Burgie.

State Traffic Officer 7185 Mike Becze
California Highway Patrol & US Marine

October 28, 2020

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