Danny Williams' mother questions shooting
Published 4:03 pm Monday, June 1, 2009
By By MaryClaire Foster
special to the standard
To friends and family of Danny Williams, the legacy he leaves behind is that of a person who would do anything for his loved ones.
Williams was shot by an Atmore police officer in the early morning hours of May 24, after officers said he led them on a car chase that ended in the Walnut Hill, Fla., area. Williams died the following day at USA Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the head.
Williams’ mother, Barbara Skipper of Monroeville, said her son had a zest for life and was a loving person.
Friend Kristi Kirby, too, spoke of Williams’ lively and giving spirit.
Williams’ mother said while she is certain of the man her son was, there are still questions left unanswered about the circumstances surrounding his death.
A press release from the Atmore Police Department gave a series of events that, from their records, had Williams eluding officers after they attempted to pull over Williams when he was spotted running a stop sign and speeding.
The traffic violations occurred in the vicinity of a shots fired call. The release states officers shot at the car following attempts by Williams to crash into the police vehicles on the road and run the officers over when they approached the vehicle after it was stuck in a field.
Skipper said she agreed her son was in the wrong for eluding the officers and acknowledged him having a drinking problem, which included his receiving a DUI.
Skipper acknowledged she saw fault in her son’s actions, but believes they did not justify him being shot at.
The three Atmore officers involved in the shooting incident are on paid administrative leave.
Florida authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.
Authorities were seen Thursday afternoon in the field where the chase ended with metal detectors.