Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Officer William H. Welch Age: 52 years old Tour: 15 years Framingham Police End of Watch: Friday, February 23, 1923
Patrolman William Welch was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person at 0330 hours. He was on his nightly rounds when he encountered the man at McGrath Square. He took the man to the Roxbury House to phone police headquarters, but while he was on the phone, the man fled.

As Patrolman Welch caught up to the suspect he produced a concealed handgun and shot the patrolman, killing him. A suspect was arrested two months later but acquitted at trial. The same man was later convicted of shooting a second man and died while in prison. It is believed the man confessed to killing Patrolman Welch while on his deathbed.

Patrolman Welch had served with the Framingham Police Department for 15 years.

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