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Perp Shoots Self By Joan Ward George

Perp Shoots Self
By Joan Ward George

Florida resident Omosho Williams shot himself dead with one bullet to the head rather than submit to questioning and probable apprehension by anti-crime cops out of the 101 Precinct when the automobile he was in was stopped by these officers on Smith place between Mott avenue and Foam place at approximately 8:15 p.m. last Thursday night.

According to Sgt. Breen, of the 101 Precinct detective squad, the anti-crime officers were coincidentally at this particular location, having just responded to a commercial burglary alarm at the United Methodist Church, located at 16-49 Smith place.

The automobile bearing Florida license plates, in which Williams was a back seat passenger, had been "shooed away" from stopping at a bus stop located just up the street from where the anti-crime officers had set up their investigation. Startled by the attention of the patrol officer, police believe that the vehicle had sped off, unknowingly, in the direction of the reported burglary scene arousing the investigating officers’ suspicions. When the vehicle was pulled over, police noticed opened alcoholic containers on the front seat and asked the passengers in the front seat to step out of the car. A shot was then heard from the backseat of the car, where a third passenger put a 9-millimeter semi-automatic weapon to his head and pulled the trigger. A search of the vehicle revealed a second semi-automatic weapon lodged under the front seat of the vehicle.

Sgt. Breen told The Wave that the follow-up investigation revealed that the three perps had been involved in what looked to be a "drug deal gone bad" and had agreed that, if stopped by police, they would shoot it out with the cops or kill themselves. Luckily, police believe, for the officers at the scene, the perps were pulled over by surprise. There were no other injuries reported.

Williams, 25, of Tampa, Florida was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two perps, Christopher Clark, 23, and Sheldon Holder, 29, of Chandler street, Far Rockaway, were arrested at the scene and have thus far been charged with criminal possession of weapons. This incident is still under investigation.

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