Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Policeman William Sutherlin was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man in a group of men who were acting disorderly and shot out a street light.
He and another officer responded to the gunfire and began chasing the subjects who were dispersing. When the man who had shot out the street light was being arrested, he fatally shot Policeman Sutherlin in the heart.
The 20-year-old suspect was arrested by the other officer and charged with murder.
Policeman Sutherlin was survived by his wife, five sons and five daughters.