Deputy Sheriff Christopher C. Willems

Deputy Sheriff Christopher C. Willems

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, May 12, 1991

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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. One died in prison in 2020. 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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Since your death, you have always crossed my mind as I log into CAD. A version of your name and badge number had been my CAD password for well over two decades. In 2015, I was finally able to bring myself to change it after so much needed closure on my end.

You are not forgotten by me. I train dispatchers and have for the majority of my thirty one years at Sedgwick County. Your devasting loss, on what began as a traffic stop at the very end of your shift, is something I discuss with every new LE dispatcher I come into contact with.

I didn't know you. This car stop was the first and last time I had heard your voice. Many people I know still miss you terribly. Through them, I know you were a great friend, a loved husband and father. I will never forget not knowing you.

Rest easy, Chris.

Deidra Messenger, Dispatcher CTO
Sedgwick County Emergency Communications

May 12, 2022

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