Police Officer Arthur L. Williams

Police Officer Arthur L. Williams

Newark Police Division, New Jersey

End of Watch Wednesday, March 1, 1978

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Arthur L. Williams

Officer Arthur Williams was shot and killed while chasing two men who had broken into his apartment.

As Officer Williams awoke and sat up in his bed, a 17-year-old standing at his door shot him in the heart. The suspect was standing watch as the other 23-year-old intruder searched the apartment. Officer Williams managed to grab his service revolver and fired three wild shots as he chased the suspects down the stairs before collapsing.

Both suspects were eventually apprehended and sentenced to life. The gunman was paroled on December 22, 1992.

Officer Williams had served with the Newark Police Department for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 18 years
  • Badge 1547

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Paroled in 1992

ambushed, burglary

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I was having 'one of those days'...

although it's been 45 years it stillll seems like only yesterday...

I reeaally DO missss you Dad but I want you to KNOW that YOU are embedded within your prodigy...

my students honor me the same way our neighborhood honors YOU...

and the grandkids that you never got to meet are allll standouts among their peers...

our lives are works in progress and I just PRAY that YOU are in HEAVEN SMIIILE'N...

as we shall FOREVERRR be...

of Y-O-U

PROUD, broken hearted SON of a TRUE HERO

August 13, 2023

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