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Detective Thomas C. Williams

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, October 31, 1985

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Reflections for Detective Thomas C. Williams

Tom had a great sense of humor and he paired it with his investigators instincts. We would often joke of his days in military school.
We worked on the Danny Jenkins Robbery attempted murder case together when I was a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney. During the trial in front of Judge Bruce Sottile, Tom and I continued to investigate the case and interview witnesses. During the jury trial Tom and I sat shoulder to shoulder writing notes and questions to each other. When Jenkins took the stand I pretty much crossed examined him to a pulp and he was fuming mad but still trying to maintain his creepy calmness in front of the jury.
I sat down after saying “nothing further your honor”. Tom immediately leaned over to me and said “hey Mo, he would kill us if he could!” I said, “don’t be ridiculous”, and he said, “no I know a killer when I see one”. I then called Tom as a rebuttal witness to Jenkins testimony. As court concluded
We both went upstairs to call our Spouses and arrange to pick up our kids at after school programs and prepare for an evening of Trick and Treating. Tom followed me down the freeway and we both got off at Topanga Canyon Blvd. as I turned on Devonshire to my children's school he tooted the horn on his toyota truck and waved goodbye. 2 miles to Faith Baptist School he waited in line to pick up the apple of his eye, Ryan. In line behind Tom were some of my neighbors picking up their children. The entire murder took place in front of them. Tom died in a hail of bullets within an hour of us leaving the San Fernando Courthouse. Time and time again they told me how Tom yelled to Ryan to “ Duck”. Then he tried to reach for his gun. Danny Jenkins changed all our lives forever. My blood is starting to boil when I speak of this so I will stop.
God Bless you Tom and we all know how your family has suffered! We will never forget!
Maureen Duffy-Lewis
Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court

Hon. Maureen Duffy-Lewis
Worked with Tom

August 18, 2019

I am so sorry this happened, I was friends with Ryan at faith baptist schools he was a year younger then me I’ll never forget the impact and hurt the day his dad was gunned down right in front of him his dad detective Williams saved his life and others . It was in front of the kindergarten playground I won’t ever forget looking at all the bullet holes above the drinking fountains on the classroom walls horrible memory for me I’m 41 now and still can’t forget that Halloween day . Thank you for your service and being so brave to save your sons life

Josrph holzer
Friend of his son Ryan when I was in elementary school at faith baptis

March 22, 2019

So sorry for your loss. RIP Brother.

Trf Ofc. (ret) G V Daunhauer
Jacksonville Sheriff Office

October 31, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor you on the 32nd anniversary of your E.O.W. You are a hero and will not be forgotten like the scum that took your life, may they rot in prison.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 31, 2017

Ir has been 27 years, but you are not forgotten.

Bill Mann
Civilian Supporter
South Pasadena, CA

May 3, 2017

I was a juror on the 3 defendant trial and was glad to hear parole was denied. I still can't believe the person who furnished the weapon was not retried. A fellow juror and myself held out for a mistrial because we felt he was guilty. He had a good defense team who used the "Super Glue" defense. As for the third defendant, we didn't think he was innocent but there just wasn't enough evidence to convict. I would like to see the movie but could not find it. Please post where to view or buy it, Thanks.

Rick Ramirez
Juror

November 9, 2016

I also have watched the film and what a brave man and father Thomas C Williams was. I hope his family found peace and his son Ryan has grown into the man his father would have been proud of. God Bless
Barry Silkman
UK

Barry Silkman

September 21, 2016

I just seen the movie the other night, I can't believe how anyone could do such a horrific act to another human being. My heart goes out to his family, friends and co-workers for their loss. RIP in peace Detective Williams.

Patricia
none

June 17, 2016

I remember this horrible day, God bless you sir.

Trooper Jaynes
Arizona State Troopers

April 9, 2016

Detective Thomas C. Williams,

Tonight I had dinner with my former partner and his father Judge Sottile. We talked about you and its been 11 long years since I commented last.

I'm now a Deputy Sheriff assigned to Lost Hills Malibu and I work patrol everyday. I continue to strive to be as fine of a Policeman as you.

You paid that ultimate sacrifice. Your son watched you be brutally murdered. I just want you're family to know how much I respect you.

I pray for them and I pray for your son Ryan. I pray peace will come to them.

I thank you for your commitment you gave to us while you were on the job.

Sir you were one of LAPD'S finest and you will never be forgotten.

Thank you,

LOUIS B. LAVE DEPUTY SHERIFF
LOST HILLS MALIBU LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT

January 28, 2016

I was in school that day with Ryan, he was in my class. I will never forget hearing what happened after going out to trick or treat. These monsters ruined many lives that day and for what? They all went to jail. Criminals are stupid and that's why they do what they do. Rip officer Williams.

cynthia marinelli
acquaintance

December 24, 2015

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 31, 2015

I am proud to send off my letter requesting Gov. Brown overturn the parole of the murderer of Officer Williams. One can only imagine the horror that his son experienced on that day and the demons he has had to overcome throughout his life since then. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers during this time of re-opening a wound that will never really heal. I beg God to ensure this murderer never walks the streets free again. Rest in peace brother, you have not been forgotten and we are still carrying the torch in your honor.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

September 15, 2015

I remember this day, and this incident like it just happened. I had no personal connection to Detective Thomas Williams, or his family. I never met him to my knowledge. So why did it hit me so hard? Not sure myself, but I will try to explain.

I was on my way to pick up one of my kids from her school, and I had my young son in the car with me, when I drove towards the crime scene, not knowing what just occurred. The street I wanted to drive down was blocked off by LAPD cars and motorcycles, as well as other emergency vehicles. I didn’t know what was going on, but I remember thinking, something pretty bad must have just happened.

One of my best friends, an LAPD officer working at the Van Nuys Division called me a little later and told me that an officer was shot and killed down the street from where we lived. I then thought about the area. I knew that was the street where parents picked up the children, and I remember thinking, please God, I pray that no children were hurt or had to see this.

Then he told me that the officer was off duty and picking up his son. I found out later that his son was with him and witnessed the whole thing, and that his dad died right next to him. That’s when it hit me. Maybe I thought about my own son or daughter, and what it would be like if that were me. I thought about what they would go through and experience, the horror, the fear and the helplessness. I started crying right then, for that young boy, who just lost his dad, his best friend, his protector and his hero all at once.

At the time, I didn’t care about why Detective Williams was killed, or by who. I just kept thinking why did this have to happen to this father in front of his son. How can someone be so evil to think about doing this and possibly killing the child too? I found out the details later as to why Detective Williams was targeted, and by whom. This made me even angrier knowing how futile and senseless their cowardly act was.

I give all Respect to Detective Thomas Williams, with Dignity and Honor, as well as to all the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the people they serve, their family and friends.

Sergeant Ed Villalobos
Tulare County Sheriff's Office

August 19, 2015

I didn't know Officer Williams, but I now know his story. I honor his bravery and his sacrifice! I'm more than a little upset that they are trying to parole one of his attackers! You can honor Officer Williams by writing or e-mailing Gov. Brown of California and telling him "no parole" for Voltaire Williams. Murder is murder and he should never see or feel freedom again! I will take a stand and say/write not on my watch! R.I.P. Officer Williams!!!!!

Deputy T. Whalen
L.A.S.D.

August 14, 2015

I remember that day so well. I was the Victim Advocate assigned to North Hollywood Division when this senseless crime occurred. Tom was a great Detective and an all around great person. I had my favorites and he was one of them. During our grieving I had the good fortune to meet Tom's wonderful family. I have made a good life time friend in his wife Norma. Tom's family along with the entire LAPD family suffered a great loss.

Tammie Fagan
LA City Attorney's Office Victim Advocate

June 4, 2015

I never knew Thomas but after looking at the film he was a very brave man and an excellent father.He was a great ambassador for the police force may Thomas rest in peace.I would like to add his wife ,daughter and son you should be very proud of your loved one as I am sure you are..

Thomas rest in peace.

Terry
Just looked at picture

February 25, 2015

TOM'S DEATH STILL HAUNTS ME. I ALWAYS THINK THAT MAYBE THERE WAS SOMETHING I COULD HAVE, OR SHOULD HAVE DONE TO PREVENT THE INCIDENT. NEXT OCTOBER (2015) IT WILL BE 30 YEARS SINCE HE DIED. REST IN PEACE "YOUNG TOM"...

jAY RUSH, DETECTIVE (RETIRED)
L.A.P.D., TOM'S PARTNER

December 21, 2014

RIP, Tom, I am happy I was allowed to count you and Norma, Ryan and Susie as friends. I still think of you often.

Your assiassion should contine you to pay for his decision, because Norma, Ryan and Susie are still paying!

Carolyn Simmons
Friend

October 30, 2014

He ended Thomas's life and left his wife & children without a husband & father.

None of which they had a choice in, and he also chose to commit the murder in front of the officers small son.

This man had a choices and should remain in jail.

A great family.

Patricia Wright
Family friend

January 14, 2014

R.I.P.

Sgt Russo NJDOC
NJDOC

December 28, 2013

A killer of someone who protects us shall never be freed. Rip, my brother .

C.o. Sofield
Morristown pd

December 17, 2013

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

December 4, 2013

May God Bless His Wife and Children, I Will Keep You In Prayer

Cpl . Greenfield
Federal Police Department of Defense

December 3, 2013

Dear Detective Williams: One who was involved in your murder is seeking his freedom by parole. Know my dear brother that many of us will lobby so that does not occur. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Unlike those who took you from us, you walked the earth to make it a better place. Peace and God's blessings to you and your survivors.

P/O DJ Ostrem
Mattawan Police (Michigan)

November 26, 2013

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