When 19-year-old Malik Williams turned himself into police about 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, he may have thought he’d be processed at the police department and released.
Williams had learned he was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault involving his girlfriend.
But as police likely told him, he’d be fingerprinted, photographed and sent to the Bergen County jail.
As officers continued the booking process, Williams ran out a back door.
Officers trailed him to a residential garage near the PD. The address is 22 Dahnert Park Lane.
When officers opened the garage door, they found that Williams had armed himself with “tools.” Authorities have not said what type or types of tools Williams had armed himself with.
Two officers opened fire, striking and killing the teenager.
Here’s what Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli released in a statement:
The police officers attempted to enter a side door to the garage but found the door to be barricaded shut. The police officers then opened up the bay door and encountered Williams who is alleged to have armed himself with tools, presumed to have been gathered from the garage. Upon encountering Williams with the tools in his hands, the police officers fired at Williams, striking him numerous times.
After the killing, Williams’ family announced through their attorney that they planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They reached out to the Rev. Al Sharpton for support.
Civil rights groups have called for a deeper investigation.