Chief of Police Don Richard Williams

Chief of Police Don Richard Williams

Thompson Falls Police Department, Montana

End of Watch Monday, January 7, 1974

Don Richard Williams

Chief of Police Don Williams and Game Warden Eugene Sara, of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, were shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect had shot Chief Williams and stolen his weapon, and as Warden Sara and his partner arrived the suspect opened fire on them, mortally wounding Warden Sara. Both game wardens were able to return fire, killing the suspect.


  • Age 44
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Not available

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Don, dad and I still talk about that day. He remembers each detail as if it just happened. He talks a lot about you and Gene. How great you two were. How much he would have loved to have worked longer with the both of you and got to know you better. To many Officers are getting killed here lately. Each time I think of you and Gene and how close it was for my dad on that day. Don, you and your family will be forever in my heart. Dad is 84 now and not in good health. Mom passed away in 2010. My son Jared is now a Great Falls Police Officer. Follows his grandpa. If you knew him, you would be proud of him Don. Dad sure did miss you and Gene.
Tom Wolf

Thomas Wolf
Son of retired Under Sheriff Robert Wolf

May 19, 2017

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