Officials say Lieutenant Dwain Williams, 65, was killed in a gunfire attempt in a Morgan Park neighborhood in the city on Thursday afternoon.
CFD spokeswoman Larry Langford said on their official Twitter account that Williams retired about two years ago at the age of 63. He joined the department in 1992, and his last assignment was the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
His wife and four children survived. He is remembered as a talented musician who attended with his church.
“Dwain would give everything to those in need,” said Karen Armstrong-Williams, a widow. “Dwain was loving, respectful and respectful. He was a role model who tried to steer others in the right direction.”
“It’s a really big loss, not only to my family, but to all the citizens of Chicago,” he added.
Williams worked at the OEMC operations center for about 10 years after his time as a lieutenant at the Chicago Fire Department. Rich Guidice, executive director of OEMC, said Williams knew about the city’s camera network and helped solve crimes with them. He coordinated firefighting activities throughout the city, such as emergencies.
“There are all sorts of mixed emotions in this tragedy. We will live because we have to, but Chicago Dwain had a better place here and we will really miss it and we were really looking forward to being a part of OEMC,” Guidice said.
He retired at the age of 63, but was just re-employed because he loved his job.
Police announced shortly after 2 p.m. that Williams had left the popcorn store in the 2400 block of West 118th Street when four people approached him in a dark-colored, four-door sedan. They got out and demanded the Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said.
One of the suspects took out a gun and fired shots. Williams was shot in the abdomen.
Police said Williams also pulled out a gun and fired shots at the suspects. It is not known if he hit any of them.
The suspects fled west on 118th Street, police said. Police continue to search for the suspects.
Let’s Get Poppin ’, the manager of the popcorn shop, Williams, said the whole case was recorded from start to finish by their security camera. This recording was given to the police to assist in the investigation.
VIEW: CFD, CPD greeted Lieutenant Williams when the body arrives at the medical examination office
Williams was taken to Christ Hospital, where he died. William Marshall, another retired firefighter and friend of Williams, said he had approached his friend’s wife, who had not yet been informed about it.
“He didn’t know. He was trying to call, and that was when the reporting officers came up,” he said. “It’s awful. I still can’t believe it’s happening at the moment.”
Matt O’Shea, the mayor of the 19th Parish, called it a “huge loss.”
“What a huge loss retirement is if you stop supporting a local business that is destroyed by another senseless act of violence,” O’Shea said.
Firefighter Kevin Betton, who knew Williams, came out to the scene Friday morning.
“To give yourself, to give so much of yourself for so long for people you don’t know, and to make it the end result, shit, sad,” Betton said.
Chicago police struggled with a surge in car attacks this year. According to a data analysis by ABC7 I-Team, there have been at least 1234 vehicle hijackings so far in 2020, an increase of 134% this time last year and the highest since 2002.
“We will do everything we can to increase the capacity of our city-wide task force. We are aware of where crimes are happening and we will place resources in the right areas,” said Brian McDermott, CPD’s chief of operations.
No one is currently in custody. The investigation is ongoing.
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