A LAW ENFORCEMENT LEGACY: SLAIN LOWNDES COUNTY SHERIFF SPENT DECADES IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Lowndes County Sheriff

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Lowndes County Sheriff John “Big John” Williams leaves behind a loving legacy and decades of service after he was killed in the line of duty Saturday.

“If any of you know “Big John” Williams, he was a wonderful man,” said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Sgt. Steve Jarrett. “Everybody in law enforcement knew him. If you ever met him you would never forget him.”

Williams was responding to a call at QV Gas Station in Hayneville when he was killed around 8 p.m.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser, law enforcement and a witness said Williams was fatally shot when he approached a truck and asked the occupants to turn down their music.

The person accused of killing Williams is 18-year-old William Chase Johnson. Johnson originally ran from the scene, but reappeared there and surrendered after a four-hour manhunt.

Johnson is in the Elmore County Jail and has been charged with Williams’ murder. There is no bond, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Williams became Lowndes County Sheriff in 2010, and spent more than 40 years working in public safety.

One of his career highlights was the arrest of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, also known as H. Rap Brown. Al-Amin is a former Black Panther who was convicted of killing a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy and injuring another person in Atlanta in 2000.

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