Police Officer William Arthur Robertson

Police Officer William Arthur Robertson

Milwaukee Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Wednesday, September 7, 1994

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William Arthur Robertson

Officer William Robertson was shot and killed from ambush when a shot was fired into his police van.

Officer Robertson was riding as a passenger in the van when the shooting took place. The ambush was undertaken by two suspects. One of the men was standing on a corner next to a stop sign. When the van approached he signaled to the second suspect who was hiding in a nearby vacant lot. The second suspect fired a rifle shot into the van, striking Officer Robertson.

Both men were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Robertson had served with the Milwaukee Police Department for 1 year and had previously served with the Whitefish Bay Police Department for 6 years. He was survived by his expectant wife, who later delivered twins.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 785

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Today, Wednesday May 18th, 2016 the Milwaukee Police Department's Investigations and Intelligence Bureau dedicated our police work to the memory of William Robertson. His name was read at all roll calls so that we never forget his dedication to MPD.

Capt. S Caballero

May 18, 2016

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