Police Officer Charles A. Williams

Police Officer Charles A. Williams

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, April 21, 1912

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Charles A. Williams

Patrolman Charles Williams was shot and killed while escorting two prisoners to jail. He had stopped the men on the street after suspecting them of being pick-pockets. Without searching them, he began walking them to the police station. One of the men attempted to flee down and alley but was caught by Patrolman Williams. During the ensuing struggle the suspect shot Patrolman Williams twice.

Patrolman Williams was survived by his wife and four children, and by his parents and three siblings.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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In honor of my great-grandfather; I just learned of your story and wanted to express my gratitude for your service. Your dedication to family and the citizens of Oakland will not be forgotten.

Carol L Brzezicki
Great granddaughter

May 3, 2019

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