William P Bryant

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 17, 1943

Biographical Info

Age: 62

Tour of Duty: 17 years

Rank: Patrolman

Assignment: 4th District

Badge Number: 

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Date of Incident: August 17, 1943

Incident Location: Not available

Weapon Used: Gun (unknown type)

Case Status: Closed

William P Bryant


Patrolman Bryant was patrolling Beat 47 in the West End where he discovered what appeared to be a broken down vehicle with four (4) occupants. 

Unbeknownst to Patrolman Bryant, the four (4) occupants were planning to rob a local bank and the vehicle had been recently stolen from the Louisville Police Chief so that the occupants could listen to the police radio during the robbery. 

As Patrolman Bryant approached the car, the occupants opened fire, striking and killing Patrolman Bryant. 

Three (3) of the suspects were apprehended within a few days and the fourth was apprehended several months later. 

Patrolman Bryant had been with the agency for 17 years. He is survived by his wife.

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