Chief Eugene Ellis of the Monroe Police Department in Louisiana sadly reports the death of Officer Ayrian Williams.
Officer Williams, 26, died as a result of injuries she sustained in a vehicle crash while responding to assist another officer on an emergency call. While she was traveling, another vehicle pulled in front of her patrol unit.
Williams took evasive action to avoid a collision, however her patrol vehicle left the roadway, traveled down a culvert and then became airborne, before striking a tree.
The officer was transported to St. Francis medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries.
The crash investigation is being conducted by the Monroe Police Department in conjunction with the Louisiana State Police and their Crash Reconstruction Team.
“Just last week was National Police Week where we honor fallen officers,” Ellis said. “At that point, we had no idea the Monroe Police Department would be adding another name to that list.”
Williams started working at the MPD on Nov. 15. After she completed her training phase, she was assigned to the patrol division and had worked as a patrol officer for the past four months, reported News Star.
It is with great sadness that we announce that the Southern University Police Department has suffered the loss of one of our former officers who was currently serving as a member of the Monroe Police Department in Monroe, LA. Rest Well Officer Ayrian Williams pic.twitter.com/lOejZDJMj1
— Southern Univ. P.D (@SUBRPoliceDept) May 23, 2018
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says, “This is a tragic time for the entire City of Monroe and Monroe Police Department.”
“I did have an opportunity last night to talk to the officer’s mother, and obviously she is very distraught,” Mayo said. “We are asking for prayers for the officer’s mother as well as family members and, of course, also the Monroe Police Department.”
This is the second vehicle accident this year that has resulted in the death of a Monroe police officer. Chris Beaudion was killed in January when his vehicle left a roadway and hit a tree in south Monroe.
Officer Ayrian Williams lost her life in the line of duty on Monday. https://t.co/uL4VoqSj8l
— KNOE 8 News (@KNOE8) May 22, 2018
Ayrian Williams served the Monroe Police Department for two years and she was assigned to the patrol division. She had previously served at the Southern University Police Department in Baton Rouge.
Williams’ mother and brother survive her.
Officer Ayrian Williams is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Monday, May 21, 2018.