Detective Sergeant Porter Williams

Detective Sergeant Porter Williams

Springfield Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Sunday, September 25, 1932

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Porter Williams

Detective Sergeant Porter Williams was shot and killed during a labor tension caused by union coal miners rioting.

Detective Sergeant Williams, while attempting to disarm a rioting miner, was shot by an unknown suspect. After the detective was mortally wounded, he staggered back against the wall of the Leland Hotel building. He was found with his hands behind his back clutching what was believed to be the suspect's pistol.

Of the 25 miners that were arrested on charges of rioting, one made a statement to the coroner that Detective Sergeant Williams was shot by a short man. After shooting the detective, the suspect placed the gun inside his shirt and backed out of the crowd.


  • Age 41
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Never identified

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Det. Sgt. Williams,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank your for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army as a member of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe fighting the Germans during World War I. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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