Officer William H. Katzenstein

Officer William H. Katzenstein

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, July 26, 1902

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William H. Katzenstein

Officer William Katzenstein was shot and killed after responding to assist the fire department at a fire on South Meyer Street, near Broadway Avenue.

Officer Katzenstein, who also served as the assistant chief of the Tucson Fire Department, placed his gunbelt in the Occidental Hotel and went back to the scene to assist with fighting the fire. As he was opening a fire hydrant he was ambushed and shot five times by a man who was seeking revenge for a friend who had been arrested by Officer Katzenstein.

The subject, 22, who shot him was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death. In 1906 Governor Joseph H. Kibbey commuted his sentence to life after doctors failed to agree about his sanity. In 1919 his life sentence was commuted to 30 years making him eligible for parole in 1924.

Officer Katzenstein had served with the Tucson Police Department for two years and had previously served with the Sacramento, California, Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentence commuted to 30 years

ambush, edp, retaliation

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 26, 2020

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