Man charged in Waxahachie officer's death

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by MONIKA DIAZ & CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on July 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 30 at 1:39 PM

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WAXAHACHIE — For Josh Williams, family always came first — from his brothers and sisters on the Waxahachie Police Department to his family at home.

"He was a super dad that always wanted to be a police officer," said Williams' father-in-law, Thomas Jefferson.

Both of Williams' families are in mourning after the 17-year veteran police officer died on the job. Williams is the first Waxahachie officer to die in the line of duty in nearly 13 years.

The pain is greatest for Williams' four angels: His wife and their three daughters. Their world has been shattered.

"They are recognizing they won't get to see him again," Jefferson said. "These are the things that burns my heart — to see them suffer from not having their dad, and also my daughter. I will now be there for them, and then some."

Williams was killed early Saturday morning while responding to a call at a local fast food restaurant. An SUV slammed into his patrol car on Highway 77.

Investigators believe the driver, 24-year-old Dylyn Richards, was drunk, speeding and driving without his headlights on at the time of the crash. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a peace officer and his bail was set at $250,000.

Richards was convicted in 2009 in another DWI case. Now the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has joined the investigation into Saturday's crash. The agency is trying to find out where Richards might have been allegedly drinking.

Williams' father-in-law told News 8 the family is overwhelmed with anger and sadness.

"It's a senseless waste to have a DWI driver to attack you like this when you are in the line of duty, serving the public and your community," Jefferson said. "It's just devastating."

Williams met his wife when they were in middle school. They started dating in high school and got married 25 years ago. Together, they accomplished their dreams of having a career and children.

For Williams, the dream was always to protect and serve.

"After he got on the Waxahachie Police Department, he began to like it from Day One," Jefferson said. "He was living the dream to be an officer."

His family is proud of his legacy.

"Josh was a such a great dad and husband and we enjoyed him so much," Jefferson said. "He was a joy... always had a smile. He will be dearly missed."

Funeral plans for Officer Williams are expected to be announced this week.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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