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Crime Lawsuit: Alabama Sheriff 'Big John' Williams shot in parking lot 'without provocation'

18:05  30 november  2019
18:05  30 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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" William Chase Johnson approached ' Big John ' Williams without provocation and shot Sheriff ' Big John ' Williams while he was fulfilling his duties as Sheriff of Lowndes County, Alabama ," according to the lawsuit . Following the shooting , Johnson ran from the scene, only to walk up to the crime scene

“ Sheriff ‘ Big John ’ Williams would provide his personal cell phone numbers to the community so The complaint was that several young adults and juveniles were congregating in the parking lot “ William Chase Johnson approached ‘ Big John ” Williams without provocation and shot ( Williams )

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A quickly-dismissed lawsuit filed by the family of slain Lowndes County Sheriff "Big John" Williams provided new details surrounding his fatal shooting on Saturday, Nov. 23. 

Williams' wife Joanne Williams filed a seven-page lawsuit against the Lowndes County Commission that requested workers compensation, including funeral cost expenses, alleging that Williams was on duty when he was fatally shot at a QV convenience store. 

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An Alabama sheriff was shot and killed Saturday, authorities told CBS affiliate WKRG-TV. Lowndes County Sheriff " Big John " Williams was responding to a William Chase Johnson, the 18-year-old suspected shooter was taken into custody shortly after midnight. Johnson initially fled the scene but

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a group of people standing on a stage: Deputies, police and state law enforcement work the scene at a QV gas station in Hayneville where Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams was shot and killed. © Kirsten Fiscus / Advertiser Deputies, police and state law enforcement work the scene at a QV gas station in Hayneville where Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams was shot and killed.

The suit was then dismissed Wednesday about 2 p.m., following media reports. 

The suspect in the case, William Chase Johnson, 18, of Montgomery, faces murder charges in the incident and is being held without bond in the Elmore County Jail.  He is the son of a Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deputy. 

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Sheriff Williams arrived at the convenience store Saturday evening in response to a phone call made by the business owner, the suit alleged. 

Joanne Williams lawsuit against Lowndes County Commission by Steve Arnold on Scribd

"The private citizen business owner advised Sheriff 'Big John' Williams that several young adults and juveniles were congregating in the parking lot of the QV business, blocking access to the gas pumps, playing loud music and causing a disturbance of the peace," the suit stated. 

The suit also alleged that Williams responded to the call in a Lowndes County Sheriff's Department truck and after arriving, approached a vehicle occupied by a young male and female, identified himself as the sheriff and asked them to leave if they were not purchasing any goods.

William Chase Johnson was not one of the two people in the vehicle that Williams was talking to, the suit alleged, but Johnson drove his truck to that area and exited his truck with his pistol in hand, the lawsuit stated. 

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Sheriff John Williams was murdered on November 23. Family sues for benefits after sheriff murdered. “ William Chase Johnson approached ‘ Big John ’ Williams without provocation and shot Sheriff ‘ Big John ’ Williams while he was fulfilling his duties as Sheriff of Lowndes County, Alabama

Sheriff John Williams was responding to a disturbance call at an Alabama gas station when he was fatally shot . William Chase Johnson, 18, has been charged with his murder. Sheriff “ Big John ” Williams served in law enforcement for 40 years before he was fatally shot in the line of duty.

"William Chase Johnson approached 'Big John' Williams without provocation and shot Sheriff  'Big John' Williams while he was fulfilling his duties as Sheriff of Lowndes County, Alabama," according to the lawsuit. 

Following the shooting, Johnson ran from the scene, only to walk up to the crime scene some four hours later, pistol in hand, after an hour's long manhunt. He was taken into custody without incident.

The suit requested the commission to pay for all funeral expenses; damages and compensations to the dependents of Williams; and the costs of filing the lawsuit.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Williams on Monday, Dec. 2.

The service will be held Monday at Garrett Coliseum on Coliseum Boulevard in Montgomery. Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. Officials are expecting a large crowd for the service since Williams was well-known in the community and respected in the state's law enforcement circles.

Contributing: Marty Roney and Kirsten Fiscus. Follow Krista Johnson on Twitter: @KristaJ1993

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Lawsuit : Alabama Sheriff ' Big John ' Williams shot in parking lot ' without provocation '. An Alabama sheriff was shot and killed Saturday, authorities told CBS affiliate WKRG-TV.

Lawsuit : Alabama Sheriff ' Big John ' Williams shot in parking lot ' without provocation '. An Alabama sheriff was shot and killed Saturday, authorities told CBS affiliate WKRG-TV.

This article originally appeared on Montgomery Advertiser: Lawsuit: Alabama Sheriff 'Big John' Williams shot in parking lot 'without provocation'

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