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Patrol Officer Charles Jeffery Williams | Rockford Police Department, Illinois Rockford Police Department, Illinois

Patrol Officer

Charles Jeffery Williams

Rockford Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Thursday, June 1, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 years, 6 months

Badge # 187

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 100 to 150 years

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Officer Charles Williams was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to stop a suspect wanted for armed robbery.

As the suspect began walking away from Officer Williams, he began firing, striking Officer Williams in the head. Officer Williams' partner returned fire at the suspect as he fled on foot from the scene. The suspect was later apprehended.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 100 to 150 years in prison.

Officer Williams had served with the Rockford Police Department for 2½ years.

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I relive that night every day. John Vaughn and I were one of the first to arrive. Sorry there wasn't something I could have done to save you. Rest in Peace my brother.

Ronald Lyerla Patrol Div.
Rockford PD
March 18, 2015


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