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Detective Sergeant Porter Williams | Springfield Police Department, Illinois Springfield Police Department, Illinois

Detective Sergeant

Porter Williams

Springfield Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, September 25, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Never identified

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Detective Sergeant Porter Williams was shot and killed during a labor tension caused by union coal miners rioting.

Detective Sergeant Williams, while attempting to disarm a rioting miner, was shot by an unknown suspect. After the detective was mortally wounded, he staggered back against the wall of the Leland Hotel building. He was found with his hands behind his back clutching what was believed to be the suspect's pistol.

Of the 25 miners that were arrested on charges of rioting, one made a statement to the coroner that Detective Sergeant Williams was shot by a short man. After shooting the detective, the suspect placed the gun inside his shirt and backed out of the crowd.

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Det. Sgt. Williams,
On today, the 81st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Springfield. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
September 25, 2013


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