Fox 25 in Oklahoma City reported that police shot and killed a rape suspect on Wednesday after he refused to drop a knife.
26-year-old Andre Dontrell Williams was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon at a house in the 1300 block of NE 24 after police officers went to the home searching for a rape suspect.
“They did make contact with a person who later on turned out to be a relative of the suspect, he allowed them access into the house,” Captain Paco Balderrama of the Oklahoma City Police Department said.
Once inside, police found Williams under a bed armed with a knife.
“The officers at the scene ordered this person to drop the knife, also to come out from under the bed,” Balderrama said. Officers said Williams did not comply, and police deployed a Taser gun against him.
“It did not work, the suspect then lunged at one of the officers with a knife still in hand, that’s when he was shot by one of the officers, he was pronounced deceased at the scene,” Balderrama said.
Oklahoma News 9 reported that Williams had come under investigation after police received a call about a rape victim being treated at Oklahoma University Medical Center. The victim claimed that Williams held her against her will, tied her up, and raped her repeatedly.
Though the victim admitted knowing Williams and agreeing to let him into her residence, police said she did not agree to have sex with him. “The victim had injuries consistent with her story,” said Balderrama.
However, the suspect’s family believes Williams was murdered.
Ellen Roberts, Williams’ great aunt, stated that, “They try to justify what they do, but it’s not right, my nephew got killed and we got to live with that.”
“A police officer, I believe they could take a knife cut to the arm or something just to wrestle somebody down,” Marckus White, another family member stated.
Andre Williams had a lengthy criminal record, including serving time for assaulting a police officer and prior rape charges.
Williams’ family says his long rap sheet is no excuse for his death.
“Black lives do matter and even though he does have a record, a violent record, they still should’ve went about it a different way,” White said.
The four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the incident further.