Patrolman Anthony Wayne Williams

Patrolman Anthony Wayne Williams

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Monday, November 3, 1975

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Anthony Wayne Williams

Patrolman Williams was shot and killed when he interrupted an armed robbery at a convenience store while off duty. A reserve deputy from a neighboring agency was in the back room, waiting to make an arrest attempt.

The reserve deputy hid in the back room when he noticed a robbery was going to happen. At the same time, Patrolman Williams, who was off duty, arrived at the scene with his wife, also a Tampa Police Officer, who was still in uniform, after getting off duty. As she stayed in the car with their 4-year-old son, Patrolman Williams attempted to enter the store when he saw the robbery taking place. He yelled to his wife to toss him her service revolver. As he retrieved the revolver, the gunman stepped out and shot him. As the gunman ran, Officer Williams' wife retrieved her revolver and shot him in the buttocks. The reserve deputy shot and killed a second suspect as he ran out the door and then took custody of the third suspect. Both suspects were charged with murder and robbery.

The 22-year-old gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. In 1991 his sentence was commuted to life. As of November 22, 2020, he was in prison. The third suspect was sentenced to life.

Patrolman Williams was a Vietnam War Veteran.


Bio

  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender One shot and killed; two sentenced to li

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Rest in peace Patrolman Williams.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 3, 2020

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