Deputy Sheriff Charles E. Williams

Deputy Sheriff Charles E. Williams

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 22, 1903

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Charles E. Williams

Deputy Sheriff Charles Williams was shot and killed as he and a Punta Gorda policeman attempted to arrest a drunk man at 4:00 am.

During the arrest, the man resisted and was struck by one of the officers. One of his friends took offense to the arrest and opened fire with a pistol, killing Deputy Williams. Both men were arrested and charged with first-degree murder but were later acquitted.

Deputy Williams was a widower who was survived by eight children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Acquitted


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Wow! A widower and a hero leaving 8 children behind. Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Williams.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 22, 2019

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