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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Bruce, at the time he was killed was assigned to the Special Crimes Section, Gang Squad. Code 4232. I was senior man on that car with Bruce. Me and Danny Root.
Bruce was my partner. I respected him. Trusted him. He trusted me. We were back to back in a lot of really tough times. I remember alot of times in deep stuff with Bruce. He had my 6.
It hit me hard when he got gunned down. I knew he would not go down without a fight. He was certianly a brave person. But... It went the way it did. And that's that. I retired 8 months after Bruce. Took early retirement.
"Homey don't play that!" He would say before he would put some wanna be tough gang banger in cuffs. So comical. Never seen him really get mad. Had a good attitude. Even under some intensely stressful stuff. Good cop.
I got his initials tattooed on my right arm as a reminder, for as long as I live of my partner Bruce Williams on code 4232 with me.
His wife was pregnant when Bruce was killed. I was there at the house that night and saw her crying. But she didn't know who I was. And I just prayed in silence. I never met his child. Or wife. But I would like to say I knew your dad. He was my partner. If I could ever meet you some day to see Bruce's son or daughter that would be important to me.
A wise man once said that in order to live a happy and fulfilling life you must sometimes live dangerously. I lived very dangerously many days with Bruce. We chose and loved it that way men like Bruce and I who chose the Gang Squad of all places at one of Detroit's most tested times.. And I can speak for how everyone might have seen Bruce. But when he was with me chasing bad guys in 4232? He was happy and following his heart.
God bless Bruce. I remember him every day.
I just found out about this site just tonite. I have never talked much to anyone about Bruce.
Feels nice finally.

Thank you for reading my comment.

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P.O. George Allen, Retired
Detroit Police SCS Gang Squad. Partner code 4232

July 8, 2019

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