SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's office says a deputy involved in a life or death struggle with a burglary suspect shot and killed the man Monday afternoon.
The deputy was called to the 4800 block of Orleans Court to investigate a break-in.
About thirty minutes later, the sheriff's office received a tip that the suspect, Tinoris Williams, 31, was in a vacant apartment next to the site of the break-in.
The responding deputy went inside the apartment and was assaulted, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw.
"A fight ensured, the guy (suspect) was able to get the Taser, to start with, out of the deputy's holster. They fought over that for a minute. The deputy now is starting to get exhausted. This guy is starting to get the best of him. He (the deputy) was able to get his firearm out. As soon as that happens the bad guy grabs the deputy's firearm," the sheriff said.
At that point the sheriff said the suspect got the firearm within an inch of the deputy's head but the deputy had just enough strength to push the gun away and fire.
"I really think the deputy may have made a mistake. A big mistake," said Vickie Williams, the suspect's mother.
Williams cannot believe the account investigators are releasing to the public. She admitted her son had problems, but said Tinoris Williams was not a killer.
"Anybody out here will tell you that he stays to himself. He don't bother nobody," said Williams.
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw painted a much different picture of Williams.
"He was been arrested 30 times. He's a dangerous violent felon," said Sheriff Bradshaw.
While talking with reporters, Bradshaw pulled out several pieces of paper. The long list was the offenses Tinoris Williams had been arrested for including burglary, robbery, sexual battery and assault on a law enforcement officer, according to Sheriff Bradshaw.
"The deputy is lucky to be alive. He was literally in a fight for his life. That firearm was within an inch of his own head," the sheriff said.
Tinoris' father said he is shocked by what happened and how it all ended for his son.
"Right now, it's just a one-sided story. Whatever his deputy says. We can't go on nothing else," said Timothy Williams.
Timothy said he is frustrated his son will not be able to get his side out there. He said he wished the deputy would have handled the situation in a different way.
The shooting marks the third deputy-involved shooting in two weeks, the fourth since the start of 2014.
"It's happening too many times and it's going to continue to happen because ain't nothing being done about it," said Williams.
Flash from the gunpowder went into the deputy's eyes and he was transported to the hospital for treatment.