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 Bluefield Police Department 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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Patrolman Land,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bluefield. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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October 2, 2022

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