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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Juusst wanted to say out loud..
but in a safe, quiet space...
something that l say alllll the time in my HEART, MIND and PRAYERS...

"I LOVE YOU DAD... I Pray that you SMIIILE down upon your imperfect son as YOU continue to Bless my life with empathetic passion that still lives within me and your prodigy".

To many who may view this, it will be 46 years since you were slain...

to me..

it's 16,802 days and counting...

"To all of those who continue to PROTECT AND SERVE, pleeeaaase BE TRUE TO YOUR OATHS... for your actions reflect upon the legacies of those gave their lives in service, leaving the footprints in which you hopefully now so PROUDLY trod...

and THANK YOU ALL not just for your service but most especially, for families like mine to continue to have a little safe space...

to juuussst openly reflect.

Ra'Him Williams...

the PROUD, broken hearted SON of a TRUE HERO

March 2, 2024

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