PBSO deputy who fatally shot suspect Monday had similar run-in with same man in 2010

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The deputy involved in a deadly shooting with burglary suspect Tinoris Williams earlier this week had a similar confrontation with the same man four years earlier, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has confirmed.

An arrest report from Nov. 9, 2010 indicates that Deputy Ernest Cantu was called to the 4800 block of Orleans Court, the same location he responded to on Monday.

Williams, according to that arrest report, became very agitated and aggressive and balled his fists at the deputy.

Deputy Cantu wrote in his 2010 report that Williams stated to him "(expletive) you, your (sic) soft.”

The deputy stated that he raised his open hand towards Williams and told him to back off.

Deputy Cantu wrote that he was able to get Williams on the ground and Williams attempted to grab his duty belt pulling at his ammo pouches and handcuff case.

Williams, according to the deputy, kept yelling "(Expletive you, your (sic) soft, I will (expletive) you up.”

PBSO arrested Williams in 2010 on felony battery on a law enforcement officer. The charges were later changed to a misdemeanor and then not prosecuted by the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office.

The state attorney's office responded with this statement: “The State Attorney’s Office is presently reviewing this officer involved shooting.  It would be inappropriate to comment on any facts related to this officer involved shooting or prior history until the case review is complete.”

Deputy Ernest Cantu is currently on administrative leave following the shooting of Williams Monday, according to PBSO. That is standard procedure.

PBSO says in that incident, when the deputy tried to make contact with Williams to question him about a burglary, Williams grabbed Cantu's weapon.

The sheriff's office says that Deputy Cantu deflected the gun during a life or death struggle and Williams died at the scene after being shot.

According to the sheriff’s office, Williams had a long rap sheet and had been arrested for burglary, robbery, sexual battery as well as assault on a law enforcement officer.

 


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