Mother Arrested For Lying To Investigators About Her Son's Shooting By Officer
Pensacola, FL – A mother has been arrested for perjury after she lied about having been a witness when her son was shot by police.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said in a press release that 36-year-old Sheekina Williams had been charged with providing false information to law enforcement and perjury during an officer use-of-force investigation in connection with an incident that involved her son, the Pensacola News Journal reported.
“In public integrity investigations such as this, FDLE’s role is to determine the facts so prosecutors can make appropriate charging decisions,” FDLE Pensacola Special Agent in Charge Jack Massey said in a statement. “For this to happen, it is imperative for people to provide truthful information.”
Her son, Antonio Desmond Smith, was arrested on Nov. 10, 2018 after he tried to run over two Escambia County deputies, according to WKRG.
The deputies were trying to arrest Smith on an outstanding warrant at the time, and shot and wounded him when he attacked them with his vehicle.
His mother told deputies that she had been standing on her front porch when the incident occurred and was a witness to the shooting, WEAR reported.
However, FDLE investigators reviewed all the available surveillance video of the scene and determined that Williams had not actually seen her son’s altercation with the deputies.
She was arrested and booked into the Escambia County jail on Friday, and has since bonded out, WEAR reported.
The Florida State’s Attorney’s Office ruled the shooting was justified and the use-of-force was reasonable under Florida law on Jan. 23, the Pensacola News Journal reported.
The state’s attorney’s office said no charges would be filed against the deputy who shot Smith in the arm.
Smith was charged with aggravated battery upon a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, possession of a controlled substance, manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance (cannabis), possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacture, delivery, or possession with the intent to sell, according to the Pensacola News Journal.