Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
Date of Death: December 27, 1965
Years of Service: One
Marital Status: Married
Location of Death: 4501 Benning Road, NE
Officers Willis and Smallwood were off duty and in a personal car. They became involved in a traffic altercation with another auto. The two officers unsuccessfully attempted to arrest the driver. Officer Smallwood drew his revolver and struck the driver on the head with it, causing the weapon to fire, striking Officer Willis in the eye. Officer Smallwood then shot the driver three times.
Officer Willis died on the scene from his head injury.
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