Patrolman Henry L. Williams

Patrolman Henry L. Williams

New York Metropolitan Police Force, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, October 14, 1862

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Henry L. Williams

Patrolman Henry Williams was shot and killed while attempting to arrest an intoxicated man who was harassing a female in front of 142 Charles Street shortly after 2200 hours.

While on foot patrol Patrolman Williams heard the woman asking the man to leave her alone. He approached the man and instructed him to leave. As the man was walking away, he tripped over a cart in the roadway. Patrolman Williams decided to arrest the man for being intoxicated. As Patrolman Williams grabbed hold of the suspect, the suspect turned and shot Patrolman Williams in the lower abdomen.

A nearby officer answered Patrolman Williams' screams for help and arrested the suspect. Several citizens took Patrolman Williams to his home and called a doctor. The doctor was unable to remove the bullet, and Patrolman Williams succumbed to his wound two days later.

Patrolman Williams served with the New York Metropolitan Police Force for seven years and was assigned to the 9th Precinct, the present day 6th Precinct. His wife and three children survived him.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, October 12, 1862
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Apprehended

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No passage of time will ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

October 14, 2020

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