Trooper William J. Antoniewicz

Died on December 8, 1974

Age 27
Utah Highway Patrol
Homicide: Handgun

Trooper Antoniewicz was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Echo Canyon. At approximately 10 p.m., the 27-year-old victim stopped a speeding vehicle eastbound on Interstate 80, nine miles east of Echo Junction. The driver shot Trooper Antoniewicz twice with a .38-calibre revolver, kicked him in the head, and then fled the scene. The victim’s body was discovered by a passing trucker. After an investigation lasting nearly two years, a suspect was charged with the murder. The trial ended in a hung jury. Rather than face a second trial, the suspect pled guilty to second-degree murder. After serving 12 years, he was paroled in 1989. Trooper Antoniewicz was single and had been a member of the UHP for six months. He was buried in Richmond City Cemetery. His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Utah Highway Patrol Association.


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11 responses to “Trooper William J. Antoniewicz”

  1. Robert Kirby says:

    Bill,
    Thanks for pushing me along when I faltered. Give my best to Chuck.
    Kirby
    4J10

  2. Larry Conrad says:

    I was working for Weber County SO at the time and spent the entire night manning a road block at the mouth of Weber Canyon the night of this shooting. It was a long cold night. I spent the next 30 plus years in law enforcement working in three states. I have attended more memorial services for fallen officers, but none touched me like this one and that night. One of this country’s unsung heros.

  3. sharon anselmo says:

    We were driving through the Canyon and stopped at the rest stop. Climbed the hill, and I saw this cross and took a picture. It took me a while to follow up, but this trooper’s cross moved me. It took me a while to follow up, but he deserves something more at that site. You give your lives, and he gave the ultimate sacrifice. I shared it on my Facebook page, but I am not sure that will ever be enough. He was a hero!

  4. Emilio says:

    12 years? You’ve got to be kidding.

  5. Neal says:

    The date has to be wrong … it was the 2nd day of P.O.S.T. training that his seat was empty and we were told he’d been killed. That would have been November 4 or 5 1974.

  6. Mairi Madailin Scott Douglas says:

    I’m a truck driver and I stop at Echo quite often. On a hill at the rest area someone built a memorial cross.
    It looks old and falling apart. Some other tried to fix it and today I did too. I left a coin and a pink quartz heart. Today I could put a face behind the fading name.
    Thanks Trooper, Rest In Peace

  7. Mairi Madailin Scott Douglas says:

    The killer was out after 12 years. That’s wrong. He deserves better than a decrepit sodden cross and a murderer walking free. Shame on us!

  8. Laura J. Facer says:

    Because of the American Atheists, the large cross had to be moved.

    He was my uncle, the date indeed was Dec. 8, 1974

    • Rob says:

      I never knew this man , I would have only been a teenager at the time but I travel this Highway often and have seen his marker at MP 186 with the flag torn by the strong winds , I have stopped and replaced that flag now four times my self in the past two years for you Laura J Facer and the rest of his family just as respect to a man that seems to have been over looked by the state . >? not trying to set blame just wanted you to know he has another new flag up today :o)

      • Pat Evans says:

        Rob,

        Thank you for looking out for our Fallen Officers. I will pass the flag issue on to folks who work on the crosses and flags.

        Thanks!

  9. kevin ogara says:

    the Wyoming Utah area in the 70,s a lawless time my heart goes out to the antoniewicz family I heard the guy they caught bragged about it, and now hes out of jail , my dad was murdered, in Wyoming jan 18, 1975, rocksprings, Edward ogara , he was from newbedford mass john and my dad grew up same neighborhood, and died in same state I wish peace to every family that has suffered a loss , everyone stands in final judgement before god thanks and god bless

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