Constable William Irving Jr. Ontario Provincial Police Ontario End of Watch: Thursday, June 23, 1904
Biographical Info Age: 30 Tour of Duty: 10 years Badge Number: Not available
Incident Details Cause of Death: Gunfire Date of Incident: Thursday, June 23, 1904 Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type Suspect Info: Not available
Constable Irving was stationed at Sudbury, Ontario, at the time of his death.
Constable Irving received a telegram with instruction to arrest a man suspected of several burglaries and robberies along the rail line between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Constable Irving boarded a train where the suspect was located.
While escorting the suspect from the train, the suspect sidestepped between two seats drew a small derringer type pistol from his sleeve and fired on Constable Irving mortally wounding him. The suspect then escaped only to be captured a few days later with the aid of a posse.
The suspect was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. The sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment.
Constable Irving had served for 10 years as a police officer.