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Man Acquitted In Fatal Shooting Of Police Officer On City’s No Crime Day

January 17, 1987

DETROIT (AP) _ A jury Friday acquitted a man accused of killing a Detroit police officer on the city’s No Crime Day.

The recorder’s court jury deliberated 90 minutes before finding Riley Jones innocent in the Sept. 27 shooting of officer Everett Williams Jr. He had been charged with manslaughter and felony use of a firearm.

Jones, 53, of Detroit claimed he mistook the officer for a burglar. Williams, 33, was shot once in the chest as was walking in the house where Jones lived.

The shooting happened on No Crime Day, a one-day moratorium on crime promoted by Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas.

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