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 subjects to jail shortly before 6:00 p.m.

He had stopped the men on the street after suspecting them of being pick-pockets at East 13th Avenue and East 12th Street in Oakland. Without searching them, he began walking them to the police station on 14th Street. One of the men attempted to flee down an alley but was caught by Patrolman Williams. During the ensuing struggle, the suspect shot Patrolman Williams twice.

Patrolman Williams had served with the Oakland Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife, four children, his parents, and three siblings.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

arrest attempt

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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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