We’re learning more about the confrontation that led to the arrest of Allen Williams after a weekend of remaining just below police radar.
The carjacking suspect was taken into custody Sunday morning, but not before a pursuit across the metro that ended with shots being fired. Police had been looking for Allen Williams since he eluded them during a chase Friday night.
OPD’s Officer Involved Shoot team is looking into why the officer fired a gun at a car. Here's some of what we've pieced together using multiple law enforcement sources.
As we know, the suspect was believed to be armed, had reportedly stolen a car at gunpoint and ended up in a southwest Omaha backyard with nowhere to go. With an officer then behind him, the suspect started backing towards the officer who felt he needed to defend himself and shot through his front windshield at the car five times.
Before the pursuit ended at 108th and V early Sunday morning, the Omaha police helicopter, Able One, had been monitoring the situation for two hours. Along the way, officers on the ground discussed tactics to get the wild driver off the road.
“I'm behind him. Do I have permission to ram him?” an officer asked.
“If the vehicle slows to go into a parking lot to carjack another vehicle, yes you have permission to ram the vehicle and end the pursuit," was the response.
After two days of being on the run what finally did the suspect in was steering into a circle drive with no way out.
“He just turned into a circle off 108th Street,” the officer advised. “This is a circle guys. It's a circle. Set up back at the end of the street and stuff. But be prepared for him to go through yards. He's going through the yards. He's cutting through the backyards. It's all trees though. I don't know if he'll be able to get through."
Eighteen seconds later, the Able One pilot said, “10705 Borman? He's stuck. 10705 Borman. In the backyard.”
Officer: "He's possibly armed. Most likely, armed with several handguns. Shots fired!"
The officer fired five shots at the suspect who, sources say, was backing up directly at him. The shots fired through the windshield missed but hit the German family's home.
Sue German said, “You just wake up and you hear gunshots and that scares the daylights out of you."
Even then, sources said Allen Williams struggled with the officers who used a Taser on him.
Williams had a warrant for possession of methamphetamine and he has spent years in and out of the system. In 2005, he was released after two years for theft charges. The Good Time Law allowed him to cut his sentence in half. He was back again in 2008 for theft and meth and sentenced to 7-10. The Good Time Law let him out in March.