Officer shoots, kills alleged armed robber

Officer placed on leave

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 14, 2013 

An alleged armed robber who was shot by a Columbus Police officer is dead, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Willie James Williams, 27, was transported to Midtown Medical Center Wednesday night after police say he was involved in an armed robbery. Special Agent In Charge Wayne Smith told the Ledger-Enquirer he died Thursday morning.

At 10:42 p.m., police received an emergency call concerning an attempted robbery in progress. When police arrived on the scene, they observed two subjects that fit the given description, according to Lt. Julius Ross.

"When the officer approached the suspects, one subject complied," according to the release, "and the second subject was observed to have a handgun."

The suspect with a weapon refused to drop it and allegedly raised the weapon "… and the officer fired his weapon striking the suspect multiple times."

The second subject allegedly told police he was the victim and was being robbed as the officer arrived.

The unnamed officer who shot Williams has been placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is being investigated.

The GBI and the CPD are investigating the incident. It's standard protocol for the GBI to get investigate officer-involved shootings.

According to the Georgia Department of Corrections website, James was on parole after spending two stints in prison for numerous charges.

James spent four months in prison in 2004 on charges of burglary, possession of tools during the commission of a crime and theft by taking. Less than four years later, he was back in prison, this time for two years and almost eight months, on cocaine charges.

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