Slain Detroit police officer remembered as 'rising star,' devoted mother

June 03, 2019, 3:34 PM

Detroit Police Sergeant Elaine Williams. (Photo: Facebook)

A Detroit police sergeant killed in a domestic incident is being remembered as a vibrant, "rising star" of the department who was loved by her colleagues.

Sergeant Elaine Williams, a 14-year veteran of the department and mother of two, was shot and killed in her Garden City home Sunday night. The incident is under investigation. 

Williams ascended the ranks of the department with high-profile posts including neighborhood liason. In a news conference Monday, Police Chief James Craig said she was on her way to becoming a Lieutenant. 

“She touched everyone," he said. "She also touched the community."

Chris White, a political consultant and member of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, grew up across the street from Williams in the area of Livernois and Chicago, on the city's west side. He remembered her as a devoted mother and "one of the good ones" on the force.

"She represented what policing is supposed to be," he said. "Someone who grew up in the neighborhood, tried to do right throughout their life, chose a noble profession and did it well. Someone who really cared about people.

"Her family was really proud of her. She was the one who made it."

Others also remembered Williams as a people-person and good cop. Ex- Detroit police commissioner Ricardo Moore recalled telling residents in the 6th Precinct they were lucky to have her, as she was "very attentive ... and extremely helpful."

On social media, retired police officer John Bennett wrote, "Everybody that I know of in the DPD family loved her."

Details on Williams' killing are limited, but police said a second person was found shot outside the home.

Williams leaves behind children ages 4 and 12.

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