Captain William H. Mathews

Captain William H. Mathews

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, March 5, 1909

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William H. Mathews

Captain William Mathews was shot and killed by one of his officers while reprimanding him.

The officer was called to Captain Mathews' office at the Fifth Precinct Station, on the 200 block of South Carolina Avenue, SE, to be reprimanded for not reporting to Reserve Duty. A struggle ensued and Captain Mathews was shot by the officer. The officer was arrested at the scene.

Captain Mathews was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for 23 years. He was survived by his wife and child. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington, DC.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge CAPTAIN
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Apprehended

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Another sad day killed by another officer. Always a DC Hero, rest in peace Captain Mathews.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 4, 2021

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