Off-duty Detroit cop killed in 'domestic' incident at Garden City home
Garden City — A 14-year Detroit police veteran, described by her chief as "our hero" was killed during a domestic incident, chief James Craig said Monday.
Sgt. Elaine Williams, a mother of two children who worked in the Major Crimes Section, was the victim. Garden City police said in a statement that they responded to Williams' home on Belton Street about 11:40 p.m. Sunday. They found Williams dead inside the home.
A second shooting victim was found outside the home and taken to a hospital. The age, gender and condition of that victim are not immediately known.
Garden City police described the fatal shooting as a "domestic violence" incident and say there is no active threat to the community. A phone call to Police Chief Tim Gibbons' office seeking more information about the incident was not immediately returned Monday.
Because the incident is not a Detroit police investigation, Craig did not give details about the shooting but said Williams was loved throughout the police department.
"She was a very distinguished employee of DPD, who had a colorful, positive career," Craig said. "I would describe Elaine as a rising star in this police department."
Williams, who had been a sergeant for three years, was studying for the lieutenant's exam, Craig said. She also was involved in extracurricular police activities, including DPD Fit, a fitness program, and the police field day, Craig said. She also volunteered for Cops for Tots, which gives children Christmas gifts.
"We’re talking about someone who not only gave back, but she was loved by every officer she worked with," Craig said. "This is a tremendous loss, but her legacy will live on."