City, MI – Detroit Police Sergeant Elaine Williams was fatally shot
during a domestic incident at her home on Sunday night.
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.
preliminary investigation indicates that this was a domestic incident
and there is no danger to the public,” the Garden City Police Department
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.
is a] very sad and dark day for the Detroit Police Department,” the
police chief told reporters. “We lost one of our own.”
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
Williams led a “colorful, positive career” during her time with the
DPD, and was quickly approaching her third anniversary as a sergeant, he
She was also vigorously studying for the department’s lieutenant’s exam.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.