Captain - William A. Bourland End of Watch: Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Tour of Duty:
Cause of Death:
Date of Incident:
Wednesday, September 2, 1931
Gun, Unknown type
Shot and killed
Captain Bourland and Patrolman Ralph Howard were shot and killed during a shootout of
several armed robbery suspects. They began to chase the car down Spiro Highway and chased them onto Towson Avenue
where they ran it off the road near South Y Street. A shootout ensued and Captain Bourland, Patrolman Howard, and
all three suspects were shot. One of the suspects died at the scene.
Captain Bourland was shot in the head, and twice in the chest. He was pronounced dead at St. Edward Hospital. Patrolman
Howard was struck in neck, chest, and both hands. He succumbed to his wounds two days later. The two surviving suspects
were taken into custody. Both were sentenced to life in prison but the sentence of one of the suspects was commuted and
he was paroled.
Captain Bourland was survived by his wife, daughter, and three sons.