Police Officer John Williamson

Police Officer John Williamson

New York City Housing Authority Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, October 8, 1993

John Williamson

Officer John Williamson was killed when he was struck with a 30-pound bucket of speckling compound that was thrown off of the roof of a six story building. He had responded to the scene to assist other officers who were being attacked by several area residents, and was entering his patrol car to leave the scene when he was struck.

The suspect fled to the Dominican Republic but was extradited and charged with murder. The jury acquitted him of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter.

Officer Williamson had been with the agency for four years and was survived by his fiancee, parents, and siblings.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 3472

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 - 15 years

Most Recent Reflection

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Several days ago was the 24th anniversary of your murder and sacrifice. You no doubt observed it as did all who share the same date in Heaven.

Here on Earth is was not forgotten by many, and remembered later by many more. You will never truly be forgotten because your name is on a wall in Washington and you are also remembered here. And especially, because all your descendants will never forget you or your sacrifice. You are a hero.

God Bless you, Brother and FOREVER REST IN PEACE!

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

October 12, 2017

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