Police Officer William Romaine

Photo of Police Officer William Romaine
End of Watch: Sun, Aug 12th, 1917
Date of Incident: Sun, Aug 12th, 1917
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 10 months
Age: 35


His wife, four children, two brothers and two sisters


Officer William Romaine was shot and killed after confronting a group of men who were creating a disturbance. He and his partner had initially confronted the group at the intersection of Ninth Street and Caldwell Street and told them to move on.

The group moved but again started creating a disturbance at Ninth and Norton Street. When Officer Romaine approached them a second time one of the group became belligerent and then shot Officer Romaine three times, killing him. The suspect fled the scene after the shooting, but was apprehended and executed in June of 1919.

Officer Romaine had served with the Paducah Police Department for 10 months. He was survived by his wife, four children, two brothers, and two sisters.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Paducah Police Department
Paducah Police Department Patch
1400 Broadway
Paducah, Kentucky 42001
(270) 444-8800
Chief Brandon Barnhill


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Police Officer William Romaine
Left by Belinda King on Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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