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Authorities Treat Case Of Retired Raleigh Cop, Wife As Homicide-Suicide

Posted August 28, 2003 3:40 a.m. EDT

— The bodies of a retired Raleigh police detective and his wife were found inside their northern Wake County home Wednesday evening. Authorities are treating the case as a homicide-suicide.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Daniel C. Williams and his wife, Betty Gail Williams, had both been shot to death.

The couple were discovered around 7 p.m. by their son in-law in a bedroom of their home.

Investigators recovered a shotgun from the home. Harrison said he does not know who fired the shots.

Harrison said two notes were found at the scene, which he believes were suicide notes. Details of the notes have not yet been released.

The son-in-law had apparently stopped to check on the couple because he had not heard from them for some time. Authorities had not determined when the shooting took place.

Harrison said D.C. Williams retired about 10 years ago.

"I've known D.C. for about 25 years. He was a good officer and it's sad to see something like this happen," he said.

Williams was a former major crimes detective who joined the Raleigh Police Department in March 1963 after moving to Raleigh from Erwin in 1961.