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 died on January 29, 1998, from wounds he suffered on December 26, 1997.

While he was moonlighting as a security guard at a local comedy club, a man who he had ejected returned and opened fire on him. The suspect shot Patrolman Williams at pointblank range with an unknown caliber handgun. The round passed through his neck, severing his spinal column, which left him paralyzed. He was admitted to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

The suspect was convicted and on July 15, 1999, he 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 of 2013.

On January 28, 2016, he was convicted of 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 and hit a 14-year-old boy wounding him seriously.

Patrolman Williams is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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

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The killer pled to 2nd degree murder and release on time served dafter his conviction was overturned and 2 hung juries. He was just arrested again for attempted murder after shooting a teenager. Maybe he'll go away for good now

T. Lomax

January 30, 2014

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