MARSHALL — A Harrison County grand jury cleared the six officers involved in the Dec. 5 shooting incident that left Demetrius Williams of Marshall dead.
“There were six officers no-billed,” Harrison County District Attorney Reid McCain confirmed Monday, meaning the grand jury did not find sufficient evidence to indict the officers.
The Texas Rangers investigated the case and recently turned over their findings to the DA’s office, which presented the case to the grand jury Monday for possible indictment.
Williams, 31, was fatally shot by Harrison County sheriff’s deputies as they attempted to execute a narcotics search warrant at his home in the 600 block of South Allen Street.
The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said its SWAT team went to Williams’ home around 11:09 a.m. Officials said Williams attempted to flee the scene in a minivan and hit a deputy in the process.
The custodial death report the sheriff’s office submitted Dec. 19 to the Texas Attorney General’s Office says Williams was trying to use his vehicle as a weapon to hit officers.
“(Williams) was killed with a single gunshot to his head,” the report said.
According to information presented to the grand jury, when officers encountered Williams, he was in the driver’s seat of a parked minivan in front of the residence with the engine running.
“When deputies attempted contact, Williams drove the minivan in reverse towards deputies striking a truck behind Williams and pinning a deputy between Williams’ vehicle and the truck behind him,” a written statement from the DA’s office stated. “Williams then put the vehicle in drive and drove towards multiple deputies in an erratic manner causing all (officers) to believe that Williams was using deadly force against them, forcing deputies to shoot Williams one time.”
Williams was later pronounced dead at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center, the DA’s office said.
McCain said Chief Deputy B.J. Fletcher immediately notified the Texas Rangers to begin an investigation.
The family of Williams has said they believe he was shot unlawfully.