Detroit homicide detective Edward Williams, 36, killed his wife, Detroit police officer Patricia Williams, 33, and then shot himself to death yesterday. The episode was “a marriage of endemic problems plaguing police officers nationwide, experts said: domestic violence and suicides,” says the Detroit Free Press.
“Police officers have unique jobs where they’re instructed to keep their family life separate from their work life,” said Eric Lambert of Wayne State University’s criminal justice department. “In reality, that’s impossible.” Detroit officers face a higher suicide rate than most police, at 28 per 100,000 officers, nearly twice as many as New York City. Marriages involving police officers are two to four times more likely to involve domestic violence.