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Chief of Police Don Richard Williams | Thompson Falls Police Department, Montana Thompson Falls Police Department, Montana

Chief of Police

Don Richard Williams

Thompson Falls Police Department, Montana

End of Watch: Monday, January 7, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Not available

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Chief of Police Don Williams and Game Warden Eugene Sara, of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect had shot Chief Williams and stolen his weapon, and as Warden Sara and his partner arrived the suspect opened fire on them, mortally wounding Warden Sara. Both game wardens were able to return fire, killing the suspect.

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Game Warden Eugene Sara
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Montana
End of Watch: Monday, January 7, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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Don, dad and I still talk about that day. He remembers each detail as if it just happened. He talks a lot about you and Gene. How great you two were. How much he would have loved to have worked longer with the both of you and got to know you better. To many Officers are getting killed here lately. Each time I think of you and Gene and how close it was for my dad on that day. Don, you and your family will be forever in my heart. Dad is 84 now and not in good health. Mom passed away in 2010. My son Jared is now a Great Falls Police Officer. Follows his grandpa. If you knew him, you would be proud of him Don. Dad sure did miss you and Gene.
Tom Wolf

Thomas Wolf
Son of retired Under Sheriff Robert Wolf
May 19, 2017

 

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