Private John L. Williams

Private John L. Williams

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, August 22, 1909

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John L. Williams

Private John Williams and Private Jack Smith were shot and killed by a mob while responding to a riotous strike at the Pressed Steel Car Company plant. After killing the officers the mob robbed them of cash and other possessions.

Deputy Harry Exley, of the Allegheny County Sheriff's Department, was also shot and killed during the riots.

Private Williams had been with the agency for two years and had previously served for five years with the United States Army. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Pvt. Williams,
On today, the 110th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-snot just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

August 22, 2019

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