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William Preston Bryant

End of Tour: Tuesday, August 17, 1943William Preston Bryant
Rank: Patrolman
Assignment: 4th District
Age: 54
Incident Date: Tuesday, August 17, 1943
Incident Location: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunshot
Suspect Name: Not available or applicable
Weapon Involved: Gun; Unknown type
Case Status: Closed


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

Unbeknownst to Patrolman Bryant, the four occupants were planning to rob a local bank and the vehicle had been recently stolen from the Louisville police chief. The vehicle was stolen 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 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 and was survived by his wife.

Louisville Division of Police