Deputy Sheriff Roland Peter Williamson

Deputy Sheriff Roland Peter Williamson

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas

End of Watch Tuesday, November 7, 1995

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Roland Peter Williamson

Deputy Sheriff Roland Williamson was shot and killed by a prisoner during an escape attempt during a visit to a urology clinic at 1300 East Zion Road.

The prisoner was able to disarm Deputy Williamson and fatally shot him. As the man attempted to flee from the medical office another patient began struggling with him but was also shot and killed. The prisoner then stole the man's truck and fled. He committed suicide moments later when other deputies surrounded him.

Deputy Williamson had served with the Washington County Sheriff's Office for nine months. He was survived by his mother and sister.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 178

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

escape attempt, prisoner custody

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Agree totally with sarge Renfro. I too will never forget such a fine young man. Being on the job more than a decade I often ended up with stuff new hires needed. Brass. leather. All of it. We failed you son! Rip none like you for sure. Miss your smile. A country boy.

Deputy PT ll g. A. Schader
WCSO 229

December 19, 2023

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