Detective William L. Foulks

Detective William L. Foulks

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, September 29, 1900

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William L. Foulks

Detective Foulks was shot and killed by a suspect during a violent strike between union molders and non-union molders filling their positions. Detective Foulks and another officer were searching for a wanted man when they heard gunshots in the crowd. The officers ran towards the crowd and Detective Foulks, who was in plain clothes, immediately began to struggle with one of the strikers. During the struggle his revolver fell out the man picked it up and shot him with it. The man was later arrested but was subsequently acquitted of murder charges, claiming he did not know Detective Foulks was a police officer and that he was acting in self defense.

Detective Foulks served with the Cleveland Division of Police for three years and was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 232

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Acquitted of murder

plainclothes, strike

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Detective Lieutenant William Foulks of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 81 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

September 29, 2021

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