Deputy Sheriff Christopher C. Willems

Deputy Sheriff Christopher C. Willems

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, May 12, 1991

Christopher C. Willems

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Willems was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in a parking lot at 1104 West 31st Street.

While questioning the three occupants he grew suspicious of one of them. The man, who had an outstanding warrant, had given Deputy Willems his brother's name.

Deputy Willems was granted permission to search the van and he located a small amount of marijuana. As he placed the suspect under arrest a struggle ensued. During the struggle one of the other men grabbed a .357 caliber revolver from the van and shot Deputy Willems in the leg and then in the head, killing him.

The suspect who had struggled with Deputy Willems and the one who shot him were both convicted of his murder and sent to prison. The third suspect, who had run from the scene prior to the shooting, was not charged.

Deputy Willems had served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department for 7-1/2 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 7 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .357 caliber
  • Offender Convicted

narcotics, traffic stop, warrant service

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Chris, I met you when you were a young boy, maybe 14 or 15 years old. Your Mom bought a house on Clarence Street that was divided up into 3 apartments and I was renting one of them at the time. She was fixing it up and during that time I would have conversations with her and she found out that I played basketball once a week in the evenings with a group of guys. She asked me if I would mind taking you to the gym with me to shoot baskets and I said sure. You only went a few times with me but I think you enjoyed it and you even complimented my jump shot. I myself was only 19 at the time and when I moved I never saw you again. Years later when I saw your name in the news about the tragic event I felt terrible for you and your family. You live on in memories of many people just like me who only knew you briefly. Wally

Walter Young

December 5, 2018

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