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PBSO identifies suspect in deputy-involved shooting

Posted at 6:56 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 18:53:12-04

UPDATE: The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect arrested Friday night for aggravated battery on law enforcement as 27-year-old Ronnie Williams Jr. 

Williams is in custody for an outstanding felony warrant after purposely using his vehicle as a weapon, ramming into an unmarked PBSO vehicle, PBSO said in a news release. 

The incident happened when a PBSO agent and Martin County SO agent were in the unmarked vehicle attempting to take Williams into custody. 

The PBSO deputy fired his gun when he feared for his life and his partner's. No one was hit. 

According to the news release, Williams fled, driving to 44th Street and was eventually taken into custody while trying to hide on the roof of a residence in the 1500 block of 44th Street. 

Williams is charged with two counts of aggravated battery on law enforcement officers with a deadly weapon (his vehicle), fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers, high speed, resisting and a multitude of traffic violations. 


The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is investigating a deputy-involved shooting near 45th Street and Northpoint Boulevard. 

Officials say the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. when an unmarked PBSO vehicle tried to apprehend a suspect with felony warrants. 

According to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Teri Barbera, the suspect rammed the PBSO unmarked vehicle. The PBSO detective inside the vehicle feared for his life and discharged a firearm. A Martin County Sheriff's Office detective was also in the vehicle with the PBSO detective. 

No one was hit, Barbera said. 

The suspect fled the scene in his vehicle, believed to be a compact SUV, and was apprehended a couple of blocks away. 

A van seen at the scene with damage to the front was said to be a PBSO vehicle that received a head-on hit. 

Several undercover officers are on the scene, as well as marked deputies.

Traffic is backed up in the area as investigators work the scene.

We will update this developing story as more information becomes available.