Officers Justified in Shooting, Killing Naked Man — (KXAN News)

SSRI Ed note: Young man taking Zoloft has manic, possibly psychotic episode, police shoot & kill him for walking toward his family. Grand Jury decides killing justified.

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June 13, 2008

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A Williamson County grand jury decided Thursday that three officers involved in a fatal shooting at the beginning of April were justified in their use of deadly force.

The police department said the April 1 shooting death of Bobby Lee Williams, 22, was an “open-and-shut case.”

The story began when a neighbor on Ameswood Drive called police, saying Bobby Lee Williams and a woman were fighting.

An officer said he found the 22-year-old man was naked and running through the street.

From police dashboard camera video, Williams can be seen holding Officer Andy McKinney’s baton in his hands, threatening the officer as he approaches. McKinney had already maced Williams during a struggle over the baton.

The video shows McKinney firing a shot. It grazes Williams, who sits and even lies on the ground as four officers surround him.

Yet Williams doesn’t surrender and instead walks toward family members nearby. That was when officers fired the fatal shots.

The three officers involved were McKinney, Craig Cargill and Sandra Wright. They will remain on paid administrative leave, pending an internal affairs investigation.

William’s death was Round Rock’s first fatal police shooting in 10 years.

Williams, who had been staying at the home with his half-sister, was from New York and did not have a criminal history.

Except for Zoloft, no other prescriptions or drugs were found in Williams’ system.

Round Rock officers carry pepper spray but not Taser devices. Police haven’t said whether Williams was pepper-sprayed before he was shot.

Valentine Olvera was the witness who called 911.

“I was screaming at him like, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?’ He’s just looking at me and laughing, and I’m like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ And he decided to get in the car. He took off, completely naked, and left his clothes right on the grass,” Olvera said.