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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Tom had a great sense of humor and he paired it with his investigators instincts. We would often joke of his days in military school.
We worked on the Danny Jenkins Robbery attempted murder case together when I was a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney. During the trial in front of Judge Bruce Sottile, Tom and I continued to investigate the case and interview witnesses. During the jury trial Tom and I sat shoulder to shoulder writing notes and questions to each other. When Jenkins took the stand I pretty much crossed examined him to a pulp and he was fuming mad but still trying to maintain his creepy calmness in front of the jury.
I sat down after saying “nothing further your honor”. Tom immediately leaned over to me and said “hey Mo, he would kill us if he could!” I said, “don’t be ridiculous”, and he said, “no I know a killer when I see one”. I then called Tom as a rebuttal witness to Jenkins testimony. As court concluded
We both went upstairs to call our Spouses and arrange to pick up our kids at after school programs and prepare for an evening of Trick and Treating. Tom followed me down the freeway and we both got off at Topanga Canyon Blvd. as I turned on Devonshire to my children's school he tooted the horn on his toyota truck and waved goodbye. 2 miles to Faith Baptist School he waited in line to pick up the apple of his eye, Ryan. In line behind Tom were some of my neighbors picking up their children. The entire murder took place in front of them. Tom died in a hail of bullets within an hour of us leaving the San Fernando Courthouse. Time and time again they told me how Tom yelled to Ryan to “ Duck”. Then he tried to reach for his gun. Danny Jenkins changed all our lives forever. My blood is starting to boil when I speak of this so I will stop.
God Bless you Tom and we all know how your family has suffered! We will never forget!
Maureen Duffy-Lewis
Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Maureen Duffy-Lewis
Worked with Tom

August 18, 2019

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