Williams barricaded himself in his house across the street, repeatedly firing at East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s SWAT team officers and deputies attempting to arrest him. Williams was injured in an exchange of gunfire and taken to the hospital. No law officers were injured.
At the scene Saturday, several neighbors said Williams had caused trouble previously, carrying guns and threatening people. Some said they had warned their children to not go near his home on Chalfont Street, which is just west of O’Neal Lane between Florida Boulevard and Old Hammond Highway.
In their affidavit filed early Saturday, deputies said Williams had pleaded guilty after a 2005 arrest for battery of a police officer.
Court records also show a previous complaint, from March, in which deputies sought an arrest warrant alleging Williams had confronted three gas line workers while they upgraded utility equipment at Williams’ home.
While armed, Williams told the workers to re-install the old equipment, then pulled out a handgun and fired one round into the grass to get his point across, deputies said.
“Based off of (Williams’) actions, the victims replaced the parts on the gas meter, against their better judgement, because they believed that this would prevent the accused from shooting them,” the March affidavit said.