Tinoris Williams: Family of man shot, killed by PBSO deputy says Williams had mental health issues

Family says they thought he was on the right track

SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- - He had dozens of arrests but the parents of the man who was shot and killed by a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy are questioning the mental health system after they said their son slipped through the tracks without getting help.

Tinoris Williams, 31, was shot and killed Monday after investigators said he was involved in a scuffle with police and was fatally shot.

But even thought he was arrested several times and his mother tried getting a judge to order her son to get mental health help, he was constantly in and out of jail.
    
"I kept calling them out to help me, you know get him some help so he wouldn't be a threat to the community," said Vickie Williams, the suspect's mother.

Vickie Williams said she tried to get a judge to order mental health treatment several times. Each time a court date would come up, Tinoris would not show.

"I don't know whether it was mental or it was drugs. I don't know what the type of issues he was having. But I knew that wasn't the child that I sent off to college and came back," said Vickie Williams.

In 2012, an arrest reporter shows Tinoris Williams threw brick through his mother's window and threatened to kill her and then himself. When confronted by deputies, he told them he was a "martian" and was acting under the authority given to him by the United States Constitution.

Records show Tinoris Williams was charged with burglary and assault but a judge later found him not guilty by insanity.

"Unfortunately people like this fall through the cracks all the time," said Dr. Holly LaSalle-Ricci, a clinical psychologist.

LaSalle-Ricci said people like Tinoris Williams have to want to get help, no one can force them. She also said they need to the money to afford the treatment.

"If he continues to be suicidal or homicidal, he'll be in and out of the system and continue to be in and our of jails or institutions," said LaSalle-Ricci.

Vickie Williams said her son did get some help in 2013 and was on some sort of medication. She felt like he was on track and wishes the situation could have been handled differently on Monday.
    
"I don't care what he did in the past. I don't care if he was found guilty on any of them charges. If he had a felony, it still doesn't justify what was done yesterday," said Vickie Williams.

Experts said even if someone is Baker Acted, the most they would spend in a mental health facility is 72 hours. They said three days is not enough time to get better.


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