GARDEN CITY, Mich. – A Detroit police officer was reportedly shot and killed in her home on Sunday in what police are calling a domestic violence incident.
34-year-old Sergeant Elaine Williams was identified as the slain officer. Williams was a mother of two and a 14-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department. Her youngest son just turned five last month.
Police released a statement following the shooting, noting that there was no threat posed to the community and cited domestic violence as the underlying cause behind the off-duty officer’s death.
According to statements from police, authorities in Garden City, Michigan responded to Williams’s home in the 200 block of Belton Street at around 11.40 p.m. on Sunday. That’s when they found the off-duty cop dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside the home.
Another individual was found injured from gunshot wounds outside the residence. That person was taken to a hospital for treatment. Details surrounding their identity weren’t immediately released.
Former classmates took to social media to pay their final respects to Williams.
‘Sad to hear the news of my former Northwestern classmate Elaine Williams,’ one post read. ‘R.I.P. Prayers to her family. This world sucks, gone way too soon.’
Williams was said to be an incredible officer, being honored as one of 50 officers to receive a lifesaving citation at the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s Above and Beyond Ceremony in 2017.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said in a statement that Sgt. Elaine Williams was “a rising star in this police department.”
No details have yet been released about the identity of the shooter. This story is ongoing. New information will be published as more details become public.
Rest easy, sergeant. We’ll take it from here.