Patrolman Don Williams

Patrolman Don Williams

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Thursday, January 29, 1998

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Don Williams

Patrolman Don Williams succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on December 26th, 1997, while moonlighting as a security guard at a comedy club at 2649 N Hollywood Street.

A man whom he had ejected returned to the establishment and opened fire on Patrolman Williams at point-blank range. The round passed through his neck and severed his spinal column, leaving him paralyzed. He was admitted to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

The subject who shot him was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death, however, he was granted a retrial in April 2012. His new trial ended with a hung jury. He agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and was released from prison in May 2013.

On January 28th, 2016, the man was convicted of an unrelated attempted second-degree murder, numerous weapons charges, and sentenced to life. The convictions were the result of an incident two years earlier in Memphis where he shot at a rival but hit a 14-year-old boy.

Patrolman Williams had served with the Memphis Police Department for 16 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 872

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, December 26, 1997
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Released in 2013


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Patrolman Williams,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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January 29, 2023

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