Police Officer
William Edward 'Will' Phillips III
Greenfield Police Department
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Age: 32
Served: 4 years, 5 months
Badge #: 251
Panel 41E, Line 27 (2011)
Panel L5, Line 12 (2011)

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Vehicular assault
Date/Time of Incident:
Thursday, September 30, 2010
12:35 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
9500 block of U.S. 40, Knightstown
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Motor vehicle
Suspect Disposition:
Burial Place:
Park Cemetery, Greenfield

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   Officer William Phillips was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while on bike patrol training in Henry County.

   Officer Phillips and two other members of the bike patrol team had just finished their shift and were conducting a training ride on department-issued bicycles.

   While they were riding westbound on U.S. 40 near the Knightstown High School, he was struck from behind by a vehicle which then fled the scene. All of the officers were wearing helmets and had lights on their bicycles.

   The 59-year-old female driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Phillips later surrendered and was charged with failure to stop after a fatal accident. She subsequently pleaded guilty, was sentenced to four years of home detention and has since been discharged.

   Officer Phillips had previously served with the McCordsville Police Department. He was survived by his wife, Lesley; 2- and 5-year-old sons, Bryson and Gavin; two sisters, Tyra Glotzbach and Brandy Phillips; and parents, William and Shirley Phillips.

Military Service

United States Marine Corps

Historical Notes

• Officer Phillips was the second of two Indiana line of duty deaths in 2010.
• He is the first line of duty death of the Greenfield Police Department.
• His line of duty death is the second that has originated from Hancock County.

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