Waxahachie Police Chief Chuck Edge described Officer Josh Williams, 44, as a person that was very friendly and well respected in the department and in the community during a press conference Saturday afternoon.
Williams died early Saturday morning from injuries that were sustained from an automobile collision while on duty.
“This morning about 12:25 a.m. Waxahachie Police Officer Josh Williams was killed in a two-car accident while he was on duty responding to a call. Officer Williams was responding to a disturbance call at a local fast food restaurant in the 600 block of North U.S. Highway 77 when he was struck by another vehicle,” Edge said. “Officer Williams was transported to Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to Parkland Hospital and is still at the hospital and is in police custody at this time.”
Williams was pronounced dead by Jackie Miller, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, at 3:13 a.m. at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.
Miller stated that a Chevrolet SUV was traveling north with no lights and going 70 mph when it struck the officer’s patrol car. The officer was traveling south, and making a turn when the collision occurred. The posted speed limit for that area is 45 mph.
Edge said tests have indicated that alcohol was present in the other driver’s system. Test results show him to be over the legal limit of .08, Edge said.
Early indications from the investigation, which is being overseen by the Texas Department of Public Safety, show the Suburban driven by the suspect was not operating with its lights on.
Waxahachie City Manager Paul Stevens said Williams had a positive impact on the community he gladly served.
“Josh really had a servant’s heart and he took his job very seriously. You always hear about protect and serve and he took that very seriously. He was very friendly and outgoing and had a smile that would light up a room,” Stevens said. “He was an excellent role model for the young officers and the kids in our community. He was a great representative of the Waxahachie Police Department.”
Edge said he would like to thank the numerous agencies, local businesses, community groups and citizens who have shown their support for the department during this this tough time.
Williams served with the department for the past 17 years.
“Officer Williams was very friendly and very well respected in the police department and in the community. Officer Williams always had a big smile,” Edge said. “He loved to play around, love to joke and play pranks on other officers. Officers being officers, we paid him back. He was very outgoing with the department and he will be sorely missed.”
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