Special Officer William H. Kilroy

Special Officer William H. Kilroy

Nevada City Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, March 30, 1899

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William H. Kilroy

Special Officer William Kilroy was shot and killed by a man he suspected of committing several burglaries in Nevada City.

Officer Kilroy began to follow the subject whenever he came into town. Shortly after midnight on March 30th Officer Kilroy encountered the subject at a saloon and was confronted by the man. The two walked a short distance to the intersection of Broad Street and Pine Street where the man threatened Officer Kilroy.

As Officer Kilroy grabbed the man's shoulders the subject shot him in chest, causing them to both fall to the ground. The subject stood up and then shot Officer Kilroy in the head, killing him.

The man fled but was arrested by the county sheriff several days later. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He died at Folsom Prison on August 2nd, 1922.


  • Age 38
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

suspicious person

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Officer Kilroy,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Nevada City.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

March 30, 2024

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