Hero Down: Detroit PD Sgt Elaine Williams Murdered In Domestic Violence Shooting
Garden City, MI – Detroit Police Sergeant Elaine Williams was fatally shot during a domestic incident at her home on Sunday night.
Garden City police responded to the off-duty sergeant’s residence near Cherry Hill and Belton at approximately 11:42 p.m., the department said in a press release.
They arrived to find Sgt. Williams, 34, had been fatally shot inside the home, according to the Daily Mail.
A second victim was outside the residence, suffering from a gunshot wound, police said.
The wounded victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and his or her condition has not been released.
“A preliminary investigation indicates that this was a domestic incident and there is no danger to the public,” the Garden City Police Department (GCPD) said.
The identity and whereabouts of the suspect have not been released.
“I’m not aware of anyone being in custody at this point,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said during a press conference on Monday afternoon.
Chief Craig also noted that his agency is not handling the investigation.
“[This is a] very sad and dark day for the Detroit Police Department,” the police chief told reporters. “We lost one of our own.”
He said that the death of the 14-year veteran-of-the-force is “a tremendous loss” to both the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and the community.
Sgt. Williams led a “colorful, positive career” during her time with the DPD, and was quickly approaching her third anniversary as a sergeant, he said.
She was also vigorously studying for the department’s lieutenant’s exam.
“I would describe Elaine as…a rising star in the police department,” Chief Craig continued. “She was certainly someone that was going to lead this organization…there’s no doubt in my mind, she would’ve been one of our next lieutenants.”
With her positive, outgoing spirit, Sgt. Williams was even known to have been a bright spot during some difficult days in Chief Craig’s own career, he said.
“She was loved not only by every police officer that she had the opportunity to work with, but also the community,” he added. “The community loved her.”
Sgt. Williams was assigned to the major crimes unit at the time of her death.
Chief Craig said he met with at least 65 of the fallen sergeant’s colleagues following her murder.
“There was not a dry eye in the room,” he said solemnly. “She touched everyone.”
“She also gave back to the department,” and was involved in many programs that helped to create a positive relationship between the agency and the community, Chief Craig said. “[This is] a tremendous loss, but her legacy will certainly live on.”
Sgt. Williams leaves behind her two young sons, ages 12 and four, MLive reported.
“Our heart and prayers go out to her family and certainly her children," Chief Craig said.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Detroit Police Sergeant Elaine Williams, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.