2012-01-17 / Front Page

Confrontation With Authorities Led To Death Of Reelsville Man

On Sunday, January 15, at approximately 7:32 p.m., Putnam County E-911 received a call of a domestic situation involving a possible suicidal male at 11152 South County Road 300 West near Reelsville in western Putnam County. A total of five officers from the Putnam County Sheriff ’s Department, Cloverdale Police Department, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana State Police responded to the rural one level home.

Preliminary investigation revealed officers entered the residence and found the adult male locked inside the master bathroom. Officers were able to determine that the male appeared to be harming himself with a knife, so the officers unlocked the door, at which time the male suspect came at the officers with a large knife in each hand. Two of the officers deployed their “taser” electronic control devices, striking the suspect twice. After being struck by the “tasers,” the suspect continued to aggressively advance on the officers with a large knife in each hand and was able to force one of the officers to the ground. At that point, three of the officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect. The male, identified as 38-year-old William E. Williams of Reelsville, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Putnam County Coroner Thomas Miller. His family has been notified.

An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, January 16, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital by Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr.

Indiana State Police Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators from the Putnamville Post are conducting the investigation. Assisting agencies include the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Coroner’s Office and the Putnam County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation remains ongoing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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