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Martin man threatens to shoot police

Martin man threatens to shoot police
Martin man threatens to shoot police

What started with a Martin man allegedly trying to run out of a bar with another man’s jacket ended with the perpetrator allegedly threatening to shoot police officers.
According to the Martin Police Department, it started just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, when Patrolman Aaron Carter was dispatched to Dale’s bar at 105 Church St. in reference to a stolen jacket.
When Carter arrived, he saw Richard Williams run out the back door of the bar and around the corner of the building, according to an incident report written by Carter.
Carter wrote in his report that he grabbed Williams by the jacket and detained him for further questioning.
Carter learned that the complainant, Walter Smith, had quarters belonging to Williams inside the jacket, according to the report. The quarters were returned.
“Upon making contact with the offender I could detect an odor of an intoxicating type beverage emitting from the offender’s breath as he spoke,” Carter wrote in the report. “I also observed the offender to have slurred speech and to be unsteady on his feet as he walked.”
Williams was arrested for public intoxication and taken to police headquarters for booking, according to the report.
“While at the police department during the booking process, the offender did get irate and threaten that the next time he comes in contact with Ptl. Drew Vernon and myself he would shoot us,” Carter wrote. “Due to the offender’s recent past arrest with a firearm, officers did take the threat seriously.”
In addition to public intoxication, Williams, 49, was also charged with two counts of assault against a law enforcement officers.
Published in The WCP 12.6.12