Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Fax: 503-823-0342

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Subscribe to RSS feed

Most Recent

View More


Early in the morning on June 22,1976, at approximately 1:30 am, Richard Williams, his wife, and a group of friends were in Irving Park off of Fremont Street playing on the swings when an unidentified individual began firing at them from a distance. Mr. Williams, a 20 year-old white man, was hit by one of these gunshots. He and the others ran across the park to their vehicle where he collapsed. He was then transported to a nearby hospital, where he died as the result of the gunshot wound.

Richard Williams was on active duty in the US Navy in Bremerton where he was stationed and living with his wife. Mr. WIlliams and his wife were in the Portland area to visit relatives of Mr. Williams’ wife.

Detectives discovered empty shell casings near the restrooms near the swings in Irving Park.

If you or anyone you know has any information regarding the murder of Richard Williams, please contact CrimeStoppers at 503-823-HELP.