Officer Willie C. Ivery, Jr.

Officer Willie C. Ivery, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, November 15, 1968

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Willie C. Ivery, Jr.

Officer Wilie Ivery was accidentally shot and killed by two uniformed officers who mistook him for a suspect.

He and his partner were working a plainclothes detail near 6th Street and Massachusetts Avenue, NE, when they attempted to stop a robbery suspect. They exited their unmarked cruiser with their guns drawn. At the same time, the uniformed officers pulled up as they were also looking for the armed robbery suspect.

Officer Ivery was told to halt and as he turned to see who was yelling, he was shot by the officers.

Officer Ivery had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for two years. He was survived by his expectant wife.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)

mistaken identity, plainclothes, subject stop

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I am the only surviving child of Officer Willie Cleveland Ivery, Jr. My mother, his wife, was in her first trimester when two officers killed my father. He is not forgotten. I visit his gravesite and my family fondly reflects on the good times. Unfortunately, my mother died in a car accident two years after my father's murder. My maternal grandparents raised me. I too googled to stumble upon this site. Thanks for your tributes and keeping my father alive.

Rosina Willette (after his name) Ivery-S
Only daughter

May 31, 2021

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