Patrolman William M. Land

Patrolman William M. Land

Bluefield Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch Friday, October 2, 1942

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William M. Land

Patrolman William Land was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a disturbance call at a downtown hotel. As soon as they arrived a man walked out of the front door and shot Patrolman Land three times. The other officer returned fire striking the suspect in the hip.

The 27-year-old suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 to 16 years.

He had served with the agency for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 to 16 years.

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Great uncle, I remember my father, your nephew, telling me of your service and death as I grew up. Know that your family line has continued on to proudly serve and protect the people of this nation and honor that sacrifice and the sacrifice of all our fallen brothers and sisters.

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
Romans 12:5

Captain James M. Land (Retired)
New York State Police

February 6, 2021

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