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Judge dismisses lawsuit in murder-suicide involving police officers

The family of Detroit police officer Patricia Williams, killed by her husband, Ed Williams,  in a murder-suicide, want to sue the city of Detroit.
The family of Detroit police officer Patricia Williams, killed by her husband, Ed Williams, in a murder-suicide, want to sue the city of Detroit.

DETROIT – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against two Canton police officers accused of failing to protect a fellow police officer who was killed by her husband in 2009.

Patricia “Katie” Williams, a Detroit police officer, was shot multiple times Sept. 22, 2009 outside of the Canton Public Library, by her husband, Ed Williams, who was also a Detroit police officer. Williams then committed suicide.

The lawsuit was filed by Patricia Williams’ mother, Deborah Ryan, on accusations her daughter’s civil rights were violated when the two Canton police officers failed to respond to a domestic violence report that was made three days before the shooting. The lawsuit claimed Patricia Williams was treated differently, discriminated against, because she was a police officer.

However, U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith's said he found no evidence of intentional discrimination.

Read the full ruling here.

 

Judge's ruling on dismissal of Williams lawsuit