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 in McKees Rocks. 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 was a United States Army veteran and served with the Pennsylvania State Police for two years. He was assigned to Troop A, Greensburg. 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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Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 22, 2020

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