Policeman William Holly

Policeman William Holly

Findlay Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 20, 1898

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William Holly

Policeman William Holly was shot and killed while he and another officer chased two burglary suspects around 10:00 p.m.

Policeman Holly and his partner witnessed three men breaking into a storefront five miles north of Finley. Once the subjects were in the building, the officers attempted to arrest the men. When the subjects fled, a pursuit began. One of the men opened fire on Policeman Holly, killing him.

Two suspects were arrested and charged with murder. The suspect who shot Policeman Holly was sentenced to 20 years of hard labor.

He was survived by his father and brother.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

arrest attempt, robbery in progress

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NEVER FORGET! Please join me and honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Policeman William Holly of the Findlay Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 20, 2024

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