Deputy Williams and K9 Diogi arrived moments later and began searching for the suspect with the other deputy. The suspect opened fire on the deputies as they tracked him, shooting Deputy Williams eight times, killing him. K9 Diogi was also shot and killed. The other deputy was shot once in the leg and wounded. Deputy Williams was not wearing a protective vest.
Later in the day the killer emerged from the woods and fired at a Lakeland Police Department officer who was alerting residents to stay away from the area. The officer returned fire as the killer fled back into the woods.
The killer was located by SWAT team members the following day hiding underneath a fallen tree that had been covered by underbrush. The man was shot and killed by the officers when he failed to obey their commands and displayed a firearm.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, their three children -- a 19-year-old son and 16-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.
Williams became a deputy in 1994.
"I knew him well. He was a nice person and an excellent deputy," former Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow said. "He was always one of the first K-9 deputies on the scene, one of the first to pursue a suspect."
Polk County Sheriff's Office
End of Watch:
Thursday, September 28, 2006