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Police Officer Charles A. Williams | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

Charles A. Williams

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, April 21, 1912

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Charles Williams was shot and killed while escorting two prisoners to jail. He had stopped the men on the street after suspecting them of being pick-pockets. Without searching them, he began walking them to the police station. One of the men attempted to flee down and alley but was caught by Patrolman Williams. During the ensuing struggle the suspect shot Patrolman Williams twice.

Patrolman Williams was survived by his wife and four children, and by his parents and three siblings.

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen
February 23, 2012


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