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Patrolman Anthony Wayne Williams | Tampa Police Department, Florida Tampa Police Department, Florida

Patrolman

Anthony Wayne Williams

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, November 3, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Three suspects convicted

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Patrolman Williams was shot and killed when he interrupted an armed robbery at a convenience store while off duty. A reserve deputy from a neighboring agency was also in the back room, waiting to make an arrest attempt. A gunfight ensued and Patrolman Williams was fatally wounded. His wife, also a police officer, was able to retrieve his weapon and take the suspects into custody.

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You scolded my husband, Bruce, that morning for missing a tennis game with you. You both planned to play the next morning. Unfortunately, Ann called early to let us know you'd been killed. That day forever changed Bruce's life, for you were his best friend. A few years later he became a law enforcement officer and has never forgotten you. Neither have I. My heart went out to Ann as we spent time with her during the aftermath of this tragic event. It forever changed Ann also, no longer a rookie but still new to the force. She handed herself admirably, but struggled with being an officer after that. I also remember 'little Tony' was in the vehicle (about 3 years old) witnessing as this horrific event unfolded. He and Ann have been in my prayers & thoughts all these years. Let us not forget the ones who survive such losses - friends as well as loved ones. One last thing: Tony would have loved his memorial and funeral service. He wanted to be a cop so much, was so proud to be a Tampa Police Officer. His career was short, but the honor he received for giving his life in the line of duty was admirable. Thanks to all the officers throughout Florida and other states that honored him.

Jean Goodlife (formerly Jeanne Bargar)
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December 27, 2014

 

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