Bio & Incident Details
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Incident Date: 1/9/1918
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Detective George Williams was shot and killed in a gun battle with five men at 16th and South streets. Detective Williams, the city’s only black detective, came upon a fracas in a bar and was trying to arrest the men when one opened fire on him.
Detective Williams had been a star of the Cuban Giants of the Negro Baseball League. He was the first black officer killed in the line of duty.
The principal killer in this case, a 22-year year old black male named Samuel Coles, was executed for the crime on November 1, 1920.
Detective Williams was survived by his wife and five children.