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Detective Thomas C. Williams | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California


Thomas C. Williams

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, October 31, 1985

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 80

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Mac-10

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Detective Thomas Williams was ambushed and assassinated in order to prevent him from testifying in an upcoming robbery trial.

The incident occurred in front of his son at his son's school. The shooter was sentenced to death, and one of two conspirators was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The other conspirator was sentenced to 25 years to life, and was denied parole in 2009.

Detective Williams was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor for the actions taken by him to protect his son during the incident. He had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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I was a juror on the 3 defendant trial and was glad to hear parole was denied. I still can't believe the person who furnished the weapon was not retried. A fellow juror and myself held out for a mistrial because we felt he was guilty. He had a good defense team who used the "Super Glue" defense. As for the third defendant, we didn't think he was innocent but there just wasn't enough evidence to convict. I would like to see the movie but could not find it. Please post where to view or buy it, Thanks.

Rick Ramirez
November 9, 2016


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