Police Officer Arthur L. Williams

Police Officer Arthur L. Williams

Newark Police Department, 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

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Another Father's Day has come, and gone, and I still miss my dad. My brother, and I both miss and love you so much. We comfort each other. We have finally gotten to the point when we can talk to each other on Father's Day, without hearing the pain in each others voice, but we know it's still there. We're ok dad, You and mom left us each other. We both have someone, that knows the pain, of a child, of a Fallen Officer. Be safe those of you who Serve, and Protect, and God bless your families.

Michael Williams

June 21, 2021

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