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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 remember Charlie well. I was a police cadet when he was murdered. he was always friendly and had a wonderful sense of humor. the only time I saw him upset was when someone would complain about him chewing tobacco. One day when I was working in the jail section, Charlie brought an unruly male prisoner into the booking area. As soon as the cuffs were off the prisoner tried to punch Charlie in the face but Charlie avoided the punch because he was also a boxer. I remember Charlie telling the rest of us to,"Stand back, I got him." After a quick jab and a hard punch the prisoner was knocked out and on the floor. Charlie was a very good man and a very good cop. I am now 63 years old and still feel blessed to have known him and to have been his friend. Rest well, Charlie.

Cadet Robert Nelson
Rockford Police Department
July 1, 2015


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