Ashland police officer dies on duty after suffering medical event

Ashland, Ore. — UPDATE — An Ashland Police Officer died on duty Friday night after suffering a major medical event.

According to Ashland Police, Officer Malcus Williams was on the scene of a domestic violence call around 7:30 p.m. when he suffered the medical event. Despite lifesaving efforts by both on-scene police, paramedics, and assistance from Ashland Fire and Rescue, Officer Williams died at a Providence hospital at approximately 9 p.m.

Officer Williams is survived by his wife, Ona, and their three daughters, Savannah, Georgia and Brooklyn, as well as his sisters Cindy and Amy, who is also a member of the Ashland Police Department.

Officer Williams started his career with the Ashland Police Department on December 9, 1996.

Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara says his department is devastated.

“There is… nobody has a bad thing to say about Malcus Williams,” he said. “He has been an important part of this community for a lifetime.”

The Ashland Police Department would ask that the privacy of the family be respected as they work through this difficult loss.

If you are interested in helping the family, APD is endorsing a fund managed by Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation.  For those that do not have internet, you may contribute by calling a US Bank branch, referencing Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation and Officer Malcus Williams.

Stay with NBC5 News for more information and details on funeral arrangements as they are made available.

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