Columbia Police Department End of Watch: Sunday, April 5, 1981
Patrolman William Whitwell was shot and killed with his own weapon after stopping a vehicle for speeding.
Unbeknownst to Patrolman Whitwell, the two occupants had just robbed a local fast food restaurant. As he was talking with the men the robbery call was broadcast over the radio and Patrolman Whitwell observed a money bag in the vehicle. A struggle ensued and Patrolman Whitwell was shot with his own weapon.
Both subjects fled but were later apprehended and sentenced to life. One of the subjects was denied parole in October 2012.
Patrolman Whitwell was survived by his wife and son.