Night Chief Frank E. Williford

Night Chief Frank E. Williford

Camden Police Department, Arkansas

End of Watch Saturday, December 8, 1951

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Frank E. Williford

Night Chief Frank Williford was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a hotel at Washington Street and Monroe Avenue.

When he arrived, he recognized the suspect as a transient he had previously dealt with. As he was walking the man from the cafe portion of the hotel to the lobby, the man suddenly turned and fired a semi-automatic pistol, striking Night Chief Williford several times. The suspect ran to his hotel room where he was later apprehended. Night Chief Williford was transported to Ouachita County Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

On April 4, 1952, the 62-year-old suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His sentence was later commuted to life. He died at the state sanatorium in Logan of tuberculosis on November 26, 1967.

Night Chief Williford is survived by his wife and two young sons.


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  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Frank Williford was my grandfather. I never knew him because he was murdered 20 years before I was born. My father , his son Britt, became a police officer in his memory. God bless all the familys who have lost loved ones through the line of duty.

Teresa Devos

January 18, 2020

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