Metropolitan Police Department

DC Agency Top Menu

Heat Emergency: A heat emergency is in effect for the District of Columbia. Find information on cooling centers.

Find a COVID Center Near You

-A +A
Bookmark and Share

Memorial to William Shirley Buchanan

William Shirley Buchanan

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Date of Death: April 18, 1929
Rank: Officer
Age: 24
Years of Service: Four
Marital Status: One month before wedding
Location of Death: New Hampshire Avenue and 7th Street, NW


While operating a motorcycle, Officer Buchanan responded to a "Man With a Gun" call, in a Code One status. When he reached the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Seventh Street, NW, the motorcycle struck vehicle broadside, causing instant death to Officer Buchanan. 

Return to the list of officers killed in the line of duty.