Officers Killed in the Line of Duty

Charles P. Williams

  • Rank: Policeman
  • Serial Number: 567
  • Division: Central Vice
  • Location: 8th and Stanford
  • Date Killed: Saturday, January 13, 1923
  • Cause of Death: Shot during a Vice Investigation


Ofcr Williams was working Central Vice when he and his partner heard the call of a man with a gun at the intersection of 8th and Stanford. As the Ofcrs were en-route their police vehicle broke down at 6th and Central Ave. Ofcr Williams continued on foot to the location where he confronted a man armed with a revolver. During the confrontation Ofcr Williams shot the suspect in the leg but was also struck twice by the suspects gunfire. Ofcr Williams was transported to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. A massive search was started for the murderer of Ofcr Williams. The suspect was caught a few hours later and convicted of the murder of Officer Williams. Officer Williams was the first African American Officer killed in the line of duty in the LAPD.