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Deputy Sheriff William Torry Williams, Jr. | Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

Deputy Sheriff

William Torry Williams, Jr.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 6, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 1 year, 4 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .22 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Williams and Deputy Walter Irey were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call. As they walked to the front porch the suspect opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle, striking both officers before they had time to draw their weapons. The suspect then fired on the patrol car, wounding an off duty jailer who was riding along with the officers. The suspect fled the scene but was later apprehended and sentenced to life.
Deputy Williams had been with the agency for 17 months.

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Deputy Sheriff Walter Fredrick Irey
Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 6, 1976
Cause: Gunfire

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The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association
August 20, 2016

 

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