Officer Stephen Acheson Williams

Officer Stephen Acheson Williams

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, July 2, 1968

Stephen Acheson Williams

Officer Stephen Williams was shot and killed while attempting to intervene in a fight between a father and son at the intersection of 14th Street and Columbia Road, NW.

Officer Williams had one handcuff on the son when he began resisting. As the officers struggled with him, the father came to the son's aid. Both officers were disarmed during the ensuing struggle.

The son shot and wounded Officer Williams and his partner. The father then fired two additional rounds into Officer Williams' prone body.

The son was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The father plead guilty to second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. The mother was also convicted of charges related to the shooting and placed on probation.

Officer Williams was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Metropolitan Police Department for one year. He was survived by his mother.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 1827
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Officer Williams,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USMC during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow LEO;former Marine

United States Border Patrol

July 2, 2018

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