Officer Birch was shot and killed while when he responded to a holdup alarm at a hotel on Route 4 West at 0045 hours. As he arrived on scene one of the two suspects exited the hotel lobby and shot him three times, killing him. The suspect then abducted a couple at gunpoint and forced them to drive away. The suspect was arrested a short time later after a shootout with officers. The man he abducted also assisted with the arrest as he was armed at the time the suspect abducted them.
Police Officer William T. Birch
REMEMBER: Your local PBA members NEVER solicit for donations “door to door” or by phone. If anyone approaches any resident on behalf of the Fort Lee PBA or other police related organization, we urge you to refuse and immediately contact the police department. Throughout the year you may also receive many phone solicitations by people claiming to be the Fort Lee PBA or similar organization. Again, we NEVER solicit by phone.
Policeman's Benevolent Association
Killed on Duty
Killed in Action