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Detective Keith L. Williams | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York


Keith L. Williams

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Monday, November 13, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 4101

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to 91 years to life

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Detective Keith L. Williams and Detective Richard J. Guerzon were shot and killed by a prisoner as they were returning him to Riker's Island.

The detectives had picked up the prisoner at Riker's Island to bring him to the Queen's District Attorney's Office so a polygraph test could be administered. The prisoner was secured in a room and handcuffed to a pipe on the wall, but left unsupervised. It was during this time that their killer broke into a locker within his reach and obtained a handgun.

When the polygraph was canceled the prisoner was cuffed behind his back and to be returned to Riker’s Island. As the detectives drove along the Grand Central Parkway, near LaGuardia Airport, the prisoner drew the weapon and ordered the detectives to pull the car to the side of the road. As soon as the vehicle stopped the prisoner killed both officers. He un-cuffed himself with the detectives' handcuff keys and fled.

The detectives' killer was apprehended a few hours after the murder. He was subsequently convicted of two counts of second degree murder and sentenced to 91 years to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2079.

Detective Williams was assigned to the Queens District Attorney's Squad for eight years. His wife and daughter survive him.

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Detective Richard J. Guerzon
New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Monday, November 13, 1989
Cause: Gunfire

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It was my honor to research newspapers, magazines, online & books to find your ID CARD Photo. I found this photo in a 1989 NYPD MEDAL DAY BOOKLET about your heroic sacrifice. I felt it was necessary to have a photo on this website so that your family & friends can remember you. Rest Easy Hero! Always Remembered!

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit
February 5, 2016


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