Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Patrolman William Drury died from a gunshot wound he suffered over two months earlier while taking a Navy deserter to the federal building in Louisville, Kentucky.
The deserter had been arrested in Jeffersonville and was being taken by Patrolman Drury and another officer to be turned over to federal authorities. As Patrolman Drury exited the patrol car in the building's parking lot, the deserter suddenly grabbed his revolver and shot him in the throat at point-blank range before fleeing on foot.
The offender was located in New Albany that evening by Navy Shore Patrol officers where he was shot and wounded during an exchange of gunfire with them. He died while in custody at a hospital 11 days later.
Patrolman Drury was survived by four sons, two daughters, nine grandchildren and two sisters.