Patrolman Mark Anthony Williams

Patrolman Mark Anthony Williams

Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Friday, July 7, 1989

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Mark Anthony Williams

Patrolman Tony Williams was shot in the back and killed while riding his motorcycle home on Cherry Street toward Interstate 40 in Knoxville just before midnight.

It is believed he was shot because he was a police officer. Two men were charged in the murder but released when one of the suspect's case was dismissed.

A few years later, during a secretly taped undercover drug transaction, one of the men implicated the other man in killing Patrolman Williams. He was sentenced to federal prison for cocaine distribution for 41-55 months. The other suspect was sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for other crimes.

In 2023, the grand jury found that the subject "did unlawfully, intentionally, deliberately and with premeditation kill Anthony Williams.” The suspect had died in federal prison a month before the grand jury's decision.

Patrolman Williams had served with the Knoxville Police Department for three years. He was survived by his father, ex-wife, aunts, and uncles.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Case solved in 2023

off duty, retaliation

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We all used the same place to go " parking" with our girlfriends , there, is where l last saw and spoke to "BigTony" , as he was sitting in that black Trans Am . Tony was one of the nicest persons I've ever known , a gentle giant that I never saw ill or upset towards anyone . We ( Cougar Nation ) were all so proud to see him wearing that Tennessee orange! Sleep easy in Christ my friend and I'll see ya on the other side.

Kent S. Jones
Sullivan Central High School

January 30, 2024

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