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In Memory of Officer Steven A. Williams

Stephen A. Williams

Date of Death: July 2, 1968

It has been almost 13 years since I retired from the MPDC. When looking over this site, memories came back to me of several of those officers who were killed in the line of duty. I personally knew at least five fellow officers who paid the supreme sacrifice...Mike Acri (whom I worked with in K9), Bill "Siggy" Sigmon (the first officer I worked with on a walking beat in old #8 in 1968), Gail Cobb and Bob Remington (also fellow Second District officers), and Steven Williams (one class ahead of me in Rookie School).

I was proud to have been associated with them as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department. I don't think I will ever forget their names.

— Charles N. Barrett (1967-1987)
Submitted July 25, 2001

Date of Death: July 2, 1968
Rank: Officer
Age: 23
Years of Service: 1
Marital Status: Single
Children: None
Location of Death: 1300 block of Columbia, NW

On July 2, at 1945 hrs., Officers Williams and Matteson were attempting to arrest a robbery suspect in the 1300 block of Columbia Road. Officer Williams had one cuff on the suspect when he began fighting. The suspect's son walked up and grabbed Officer William's gun. The son shot both officers. The suspect then grabbed Officer Matteson's gun and fired two additional rounds into Officer Williams' prone body.

Officer Williams died from six bullet wounds to his head and body.

Officer Matteson survived his injuries.

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