Detective William D. Woods

Photo of Detective William D. Woods
End of Watch: Sat, Nov 25th, 1933
Date of Incident: Sat, Nov 25th, 1933
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 11 years
Age: 48


Detective Woods was shot and killed while on an undercover narcotics operation.

He and his partner were sitting in an unmarked patrol car attempting to identify and arrest drug abusers. A man who was high was looking for a dope dealer with the last name "Woods". Detective Woods was pointed out to the suspect as being "Woods". The man went up to the car and shot Detective Woods without warning.

Detective Woods was the first black Louisville Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty.


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