- [MI] Officer-Involved Murder-Suicide: Detroit Detective Williams' note to give his possessions to his mother "wasn't quite a suicide note"? - ...Canton police officers had responded to the couple's home for a domestic complaint over the weekend, [Canton Township Police Sgt. Mark] Gajeski said. And today, a male friend of Patricia Williams called Canton police around 8:30 a.m., reporting there had been another incident. The caller said Patricia Williams was on her way to the police department, Gajeski said. She never made it...
- [MI] One year ago today Detroit Police Officer Patricia Catherine "Katie" Ryan Williams was stolen away - ...I just can't believe it. My heart is breaking for everyone who is left behind thinking what could we have done differently. Katie is safe now looking down on all of us doing what she can to reach out to us and let us know she is at peace. I know she can hear us and will help us all get through this tough time together. I miss you and love you so much Katie!...
Monday, March 14, 2011
[MI] Family of slain Officer Williams is suing Detroit for not preventing her death
...The lawsuit accuses two Detroit sergeants of protecting [Detroit Police Detective] Ed Williams from possible criminal prosecution following reports he had assaulted his wife [Detroit Police Officer Patricia Catherine "Katie" Ryan Williams] in the days leading up to the shooting...
OFFICER'S FAMILY SUES CITY, POLICE
The Detroit News
By Robert Snell
March 14. 2011
[Excerpts] The family of a Detroit police officer killed by her estranged husband, a homicide detective, is suing the city and two sergeants, accusing them of scuttling an investigation that could have prevented her death. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, comes 18 months after Detroit homicide Detective Ed Williams, 36, of Canton Township, shot his wife, Patricia, 33, before turning the gun on himself... The lawsuit accuses two Detroit sergeants of protecting Ed Williams from possible criminal prosecution following reports he had assaulted his wife in the days leading up to the shooting. The 22-page complaint, filed March 7, chronicles the last three days of Ed's and Patricia Williams' lives. The time was marked by allegations of domestic violence against the husband and a statewide law enforcement alert prompted by the discovery of what appeared to be a suicide note written by Ed Williams. A Detroit police sergeant convinced Canton Township Police to cancel the alert, and Ed Williams eventually shot and killed his wife... The city "knowingly and consciously chose to shield the husband officer from suspension, investigation and potential criminal prosecution at the expense of protecting the wife from clear and obvious risk and danger," wrote lawyer William H. Goodwin, who is representing Patricia Williams' mother, Deborah Ryan... [Full article here]
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