About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Katharine palmer on

    Lee Williams you once again have come through with flying colors opening up eyes that were closed. I have said it time and time again that the Sarasota Herald Tribune is an outstanding paper that supports your efforts in these cases that may been otherwise lost or swept under the carpet. I hope Kelly Osborn, her family, and friends, will have closure to this horrific tragedy. ABC 20/20 did a wonderful job with their production. Lee Williams we can not thank you enough. It was also you whom helped crack the corruption in Desoto County Florida at the sheriff department concerning the Jody Holland beatings, and helping save his life. I am sure we will see justice served with the corrupt officers and the jail nurse. This will be another family that will be able to bring some closure to another horrific case. The list goes on and on of the people you and all the great people of the Sarasota Herald Tribune have helped. The investigative reporting and the time you invest show in all of your articles. You are a man of fair civil rights for everyone, and justice served when it is needed!

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