Police Officer Bruce Williams

Police Officer Bruce Williams

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Wednesday, December 5, 1990

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Bruce Williams

Police Officer Bruce Williams was shot and killed when he was robbed as he was pumping gas at East Eight Mile Road near Ryan Road around 11:30 p.m.

When he attempted to take action he was shot twice in the chest and killed. Four suspects, three of them juveniles, were arrested and the gunman was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Officer Williams was a U.S. Army veteran and a five-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 4797
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

juvenile, off duty, robbery

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I worked with Bruce at the Major Crimes Mobile Unit (the BIG FOUR) which is where he was assigned at the time of his death. Not only was he a great cop, he was a truly nice guy. We went after the worst of the worst and I never doubted he had my back. I dont remember the exact case, but we locked up some guys wanted for murder. We did that a lot, but what I remember the most was how thankful the victims family was for the work we put into the case. And what was even more memorable was seeing those family members at Bruce's funeral, once again thanking us, and more importantly him. Sometimes we wonder did we do anything that mattered in our career. I think more than we will ever know. I cant remember Bruces brothers name, met him a few times before and after Bruce's death. He seemed like a great guy too. Must have run in the family. Im about to pull the plug soon after 49 years in the "business" . Been a great run, and enjoyed working with the likes of Bruce.

Robert Bulgarelli
(DPD retired Sgt.) Now with a "federal agency"

November 22, 2019

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