Suspect Flees Jail, Accidentally Shoots Himself Trying To Take Cop's Gun

Darren Williams was fatally shot as he fought officers during his escape attempt at the courthouse in Linwood.

Linwood, PA – A man who escaped from police custody while officers were taking him out of his jail cell was fatally shot when he tried to take an officer’s gun.

The incident occurred just after 10:30 a.m. on Friday after 34-year-old Darren Williams was arraigned in his cell in the district courthouse in Linwood, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Police said that Williams had threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and stole her car on Thursday.

An officer saw him driving erratically in Trainer and initiated a traffic stop, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Police said Williams ignored the officer’s commands to stay in his vehicle and then took up a boxing stance after the field sobriety tests.

He fought with police officers who tried to take him into custody and officers used a Taser to get him under control, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“He was under arrest and was told to place his hands behind his back. He began struggling with four officers and refused to take commands with them,” Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland said, according to KYW.

Officers found an unidentified white powder inside Williams’ vehicle.

Copeland said Williams’ ex-girlfriend had told police that she was changing the locks because her ex-boyfriend had started using “wet,” a street name for PCP, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Williams spent the night in a holding cell in Chester and was transported to Linwood for court on Friday morning.

He was put into a holding cell at the courthouse before his arraignment and his restraints were removed, but due to his extremely violent behavior during his arrest, the district attorney said investigators elected to have Williams arraigned in his cell, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

District Judge David F. Griffin conducted Williams’ arraignment on misdemeanor drug charges and driving under the influence, and set bail at $20,000.

Williams was unable to post 10 percent of his bail for release so authorities were transferring him to the Delaware County prison, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Copeland said everything went haywire when a Trainer police detective and Pennsylvania state constable unlocked Williams cell to transfer him and the prisoner “shoved the door open” and ran past them into the parking lot.

The detective was able to take Williams to the ground in the parking lot and there was a violent struggle, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Copeland said that the constable deployed a Taser on Williams during the fight but the less-lethal weapon had “no effect” on him.

Then, as they struggled, Williams was able to grab ahold of the detective’s duty weapon, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

One witness told police “I heard him say, ‘I got the gun now,'” according to KYW.

The detective grabbed the barrel of the weapon and ordered Williams to drop it, but the man ignored the command and continued to fight.

The district attorney said that, during the chaos, Williams accidentally shot himself in the stomach with the detective’s gun, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

At almost the exact same moment, the constable opened fire on Williams and shot him in the back.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Witnesses gave vastly different accounts of what they believed they saw happen in the courthouse parking lot, WPVI reported.

One woman claimed the officers had Williams pinned down and "detained" when they shot him, while suggesting race was a factor in the shooting.

Another witness described the struggle for the officer's gun and said he heard Williams say he had the gun.

Copeland said the entire incident had been captured on courthouse and parking lot surveillance cameras and that authorities were still reviewing the footage.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

Court records showed that Williams had an extensive record of drug and gun arrests and convictions in Delaware County, and had previously served time in state prison, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.’

At the time of his arrest, he was wanted for the ex-girlfriend’s stolen vehicle and for making a terroristic threat in Claymont, where he was accused of threatening to kill two people, KYW reported.

But his family said they were shocked by what had happened.

“Darren wouldn’t have dared,” Williams’ mother-in-law told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He wasn’t the type of person to resist arrest.”

Comments (31)
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Fuzzycat
Fuzzycat

Now all the gumbas are going to protest. After all this good father, aspiring rapper was turning his life around.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

And another breeder off the streets.

Wonka
Wonka

Let me guess, the inaccurate and conflicting reports were from his friends and family, guess he shouldn't have broke the law.

scwinborne01
scwinborne01

It's the bullets fault. One simple word for this failure: COMPLY. It's that easy.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

“Darren wouldn’t have dared ... he wasn’t the type of person to resist arrest.” (This statement was made by his mother-in-law - he was married, but had a girlfriend?) But he was the type to use illegal drugs, threaten to kill his ex-girlfriend and another person, steal her car, ignore orders by the arresting officers and resist during his arrest ... I think she is rather deluded, no?

darkshadowII
darkshadowII

Karma. The great equalizer!

Bobby1874
Bobby1874

Here I fixed this paragraph

And the Obama supporter, who is also a fan of Jussies, claimed the officers had Williams pinned down and "detained" when they shot him, while suggesting race was a factor in the shooting.

MSK
MSK

“They had him pinned down and detained when they shot him and race may have been a factor”. Do these “witnesses” ever consider that there are likely more than one camera recording the event before they lie through their teeth? I say make them sign a sworn statement attesting to it and then when it’s proven they lied arrest them for giving a false statement.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Sounds like mammy-in-law just purchased a "suicide-by-cop" lottery ticket in hopes of hitting the big one!

J10107
J10107

"One woman claimed the officers had Williams pinned down and "detained" when they shot him, while suggesting race was a factor in the shooting."

Have the woman write or give her statement anyway she can, and when the video evidence shows that she's a COP HATING, RACIST, LYING, POS, then charge her with filing a false report.

And continue to charge every LYING POS that does the same, whether it's on toilet paper, social media or any way, shape or form that has their name is attached to it, charge them all....

When the courts start doling out $1000 fines for lies and false speech that incites the killing of police officers maybe we'll start to see some of these POS changing how they act.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Next on CNN will come the pictures of him in his high school graduation gown followed by one when he was in grade school.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

He is dead.... Next???

Mrdan
Mrdan

He got what he deserved a dirt nap .now let the ghetto lottery begin

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

hmmm, who should we believe.... the witnesses who can't seem to agree on what happened, or the camera that recorded the entire incident...... shame race baiting and lying about what the police do when it comes to dealing with criminals isn't an arrest-able crime

Rob56
Rob56

The lady saying the guy down was detained when he shot Should be charged with trying to fabricated a false scenario.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Good riddance to worthless trash! The world is better without him.

Stanracer
Stanracer

It's always amazing what the stupid people will do to get themselves shot and killed. Then, of course, everyone blames the police. Here comes another ghetto lottery. Sad!👎

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

“Darren wouldn’t have dared,” Williams’ mother-in-law told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “He wasn’t the type of person to resist arrest.”

Guess what?!?!

retiredcop
retiredcop

Maybe the Darren she knows wouldn't have dared, but "wet" Darren certainly could. Anyone who thinks the people they know and love are the same people when they are high on drugs or looking for a fix are delusional

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Darren wanted to look into the barrel to see what the obstruction was. He then found it.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Ahhhh gotta love poetic justice.

OldVet
OldVet

Stupid! So are his relatives.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Maybe he will start a new trend. Go out break the law and then shoot yourself. Sounds like a win-win.

Shooter13
Shooter13

Darwinism