Officer Herbert D. Copeland
March 11, 1956
Officer Copeland was killed in the 500 block of Reynolds Street on March 11, 1956. A twenty-one year police veteran, Copeland
was the senior officer answering a call of a man waving a shotgun and
threatening to shoot bystanders.
Copeland and his rookie riding partner arrived and Copeland got out to talk to the suspect, William Goldman, 28, who was waving
a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun. Copeland
appeared to have calmed Goldman down and returned to his vehicle, but then Goldman
suddenly grabbed the shotgun back up and began firing into the back of the
police car. Golden shot Copeland in the
back of the head and caught the rookie officer in the shoulder. The rookie officer was able to return
fire. Golden received 20 years in prison
for the murder of Officer Copeland.