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Tampa officers' sons are victim, suspect in murders

Published:   |   Updated: June 13, 2014 at 01:57 PM

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— The day after authorities say the son of a Tampa Police officer was murdered, the son of another officer was charged with murder.

On Wednesday, a police officer's son, James Williams, 28, was killed during an altercation with his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, according to police.

Gregory Charlemagne, 30, of 2530 West Union Street, was charged with second degree murder in the shooting before 6 a.m. at Park Terrace Apartments at 5111 Palm Park Court, police said.

Police say Charlemagne showed up at the apartment where his former girlfriend of seven years, Miriame Bernard, was living with their two children, and where Bernard's new boyfriend, Williams, was also staying. Williams was the son of Officer Betty Williams, who works as a resource officer at Steward Middle School.

On Thursday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office announced the indictment of two men charged with a murder last August. One of the men, Paul N. McDonald Jr., 22, is the son of TPD Officer Audrey Peterson, department spokeswoman Andrea Davis confirmed. Peterson, who has been with the department 14 years, works with the District 3 ROC squad, which handles street crimes, including drug offenses.

McDonald is accused of participating in the shooting of Richard A. Russell, 19, of Riverview, while the victim was attempting to buy drugs at Southpoint Park on Aug. 3. Also indicted was Christian White, 22, of Riverview.

“While we can only speak to one case since the other isn't our case, we are saddened at the loss of one of our officer's children to a violent crime and equally saddened that another of our officers has to balance being an officer and a mother to a defendant of a violent crime,” Davis said.

According to TPD, Williams was killed after his girlfriend, Bernard, heard a noise, walked out of their bedroom and saw Charlemagne, who pushed her against a wall. Williams tried to intervene, while Bernard took her children, ages 4 and 6 and fled. Williams and Charlemagne fought, and Williams was shot.

Because of their relationship to police officers, authorities did not release the address of James Williams or McDonald.



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