Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Williams

Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Williams

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, August 22, 1903

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Charles Edward 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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Deputy Sheriff Williams,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of DeSoto County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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August 22, 2023

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