P-O- William Flowers #1872

P.O. William A. Flowers #1872

Name: Flowers, William A.
Star: 1872
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Patrolman
District / Unit: 027
End of Watch: 26 October 1960
Incident Details: Police Officer William Flowers, 33, was assigned to the 027 District. On October 26, 1960, Officer Flowers and his partner, Officer Henry Pates, responded to a complainant near Washtenaw Avenue and Warren Boulevard. The complainant, Henry Sanders, claimed that his neighbor had threatened his life; he was also having an affair with his wife. At approximately 9:00 p.m., the officers arrived to the building in search of Johnny Barker. When the officers found Barker was pointing a gun at himself and then suddenly turned the weapon on the officers and shot Officer Flowers. Officer Pates returned fire and wounded Barker. Officer Flowers was transported to Illinois Research Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Johnny Barker was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Officer Flowers was laid to rest in Lincoln Cemetery.