Detective Thomas C. Williams

Detective Thomas C. Williams

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, October 31, 1985

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Thomas C. Williams

Detective Thomas Williams was ambushed and assassinated in order to prevent him from testifying in an upcoming robbery trial.

The incident occurred in front of his son at his son's school. The shooter was sentenced to death, and one of two conspirators was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The other conspirator was sentenced to 25 years to life, and was denied parole in 2009.

Detective Williams was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor for the actions taken by him to protect his son during the incident. He had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 80

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Mac-10
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Im a total civilian, , who was 37 when Officer Williams was, for lack of a better word, assasinated. I read about this in the newspaper so i had no personal contact with officer Williams or his family. Oddly enough I was born on oct 31.

It bothered me to read what happened, but not really knowing him, in time I put the incident out of my mind.

What made me recall it intensly, was the fact that Officer William's killer was let out on parole or so I have read. As callous as life has made me over the years, I had trouble believing this. I still have trouble. It is time to re-instate an effective death penalty. I have no illusions that a quickly applied death penalty would reduce the murder rate, but it can't be argued that an executed murderer will kill nobody else.

My condolences to Officer Williams family, even at this late date. May his Almighty soul rest in peace.

Paul Boroff
retired pharmacist

October 24, 2019

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