Detective - William Ray Tate End of Watch: Monday, January 5, 1981
Tour of Duty:
Cause of Death:
Date of Incident:
Monday, January 5, 1981
Handgun; .38 caliber
Died in prison
Detective Tate was shot and killed after being abducted along with three crime victims. A
woman and a co-worker had gone to the police station to report that the woman's husband was missing. After taking the
report Detective Tate followed the two back to her residence. He advised dispatch of his arrival and then made no further
The bodies of Detective Tate, the woman, and the co-worker were found the following day. Detective Tate had been
restrained in his own handcuffs and had been shot in the back of the head. The body of the missing husband was found in a
nearby recreation area. A suspect was apprehended and charged with four counts of kidnapping and murder. The suspect was
convicted of all counts and sentenced to death but died in prison.
Detective Tate had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife, son, daughter and sister.