Police Officer William Green

Police Officer William Green

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, March 29, 1982

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William Green

Officer William Green was shot and killed when he and his partner approached a group of teenagers suspected of engaging in drug activity at 11:05 p.m. at the corner of Woodward and Leicester in front of the Ambassador Convalescent Center.

The officers, who were in plainclothes, stopped the group to question them. One of the youths pulled out a gun and shot Officer Green in the head. The suspect was convicted of manslaughter in connection with Officer Green's death.

Officer Green had served with the agency for 9 years. He was survived by his two children, mother, and sisters.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 649

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

juvenile, plainclothes, suspicious person

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My dearest cousin, I just learned of your existence today. I am researching our family the Martin's and I was excited to learn of your existence and then very sad to learn that you departed this life way too early. Our family reunion will be held in Nashville in August 2022 and there will be a tribute to you. After reading the tributes posted here, I am proud that you and have share blood. I live in Washington, DC and will visit the Police Memorial and Museum to see your name on the wall. I will taken "a rubbing" of your name and proudly tell those around me that you were my cousin.
Gone too soon but not forgotten.
Linda Jones

Linda Marshall Jones

October 22, 2021

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