William Chase Johnson is alleged to have been in a stolen vehicle when John Williams responded to the scene.
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William Chase Johnson Age
He is 18 years old.
William Chase Johnson Personal Life
Johnson, who lives in Montgomery, is the son of a law enforcement officer, according to Al.com.
He has a history of run-ins with the law over an arrest in August with possessing brass knuckles and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Those charges were later dropped, according to court records.
William Chase Johnson Shooting News
Johnson, who authorities said earlier had driven off in the sheriff’s vehicle after the 8:15 p.m. shooting — with the vehicle found a short time later — returned to the crime scene with a firearm in his hand and surrendered, AL.com reported.
William Chase Johnson turned himself in four hours after Lowndes County Sheriff “Big John” Williams was fatally shot. See more photos from his apprehension and the investigation here: https://t.co/Mue7DRaCOs pic.twitter.com/swwiEBXhWx
— MontgomeryAdvertiser (@MGMAdvertiser) November 24, 2019
“Right there at Pump 8,” Benson said, pointing to the crime scene. “Big John comes up and asks the young man about the loud music, just like he has done hundreds of times before. Big John doesn’t take foolishness.
“That’s when he got shot. I don’t understand it. The sheriff is gone over loud music? It just doesn’t
Authorities say Johnson shot Williams and then abandoned the stolen vehicle at the gas station.
He is believed to have fled on foot. Reports indicate that Johnson returned to the scene of the crime and surrendered to authorities three hours after the manhunt began.
William Chase Johnson Arrested
The suspect in the case walked up to the shooting scene at about 12:05 a.m.
Johnson is scheduled to appear Monday morning in Lowndes County District Court to face murder charges, AL.com reported.
Jarrett did not directly share information on where Johnson fled or how he was able to return to the crime scene. “All that’s going to be investigated”, the sergeant told WSFA.
Authorities quickly posted an online alert about Johnson, with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency describing the suspect as “a serious risk to the public”.
New conference regarding the shooting and death of Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams https://t.co/UhteSY4a5Q
— Kirsten Fiscus (@KDFiscus) November 24, 2019
Cpl. Jess Thornton said that agents from the State Bureau of Investigations are on the way to Lowndes County but did not release the nature of the deployment. Several law enforcement sources confirmed that Williams was answering a call at a convenience store in Hayneville, about 20 miles southwest of Montgomery when he was shot.
Further details of the incident were not immediately available.
Facts You Need To Know
- Sheriff Williams is the fifth line-of-duty death of an Alabama law enforcement officer to gunfire this year and the sixth to lose his life overall in our state over the last 11 months
- Cunningham said Williams died at around 8:15 pm while responding to a call at a convenience store in Hayneville
- Lowndes County is located in the Black Belt has a population of about 11k people
- Sheriff John Williams of Lowndes County, Alabama, was shot and killed in the line of duty on Saturday evening
- William Chase Johnson, who was alleged to have been in a stolen vehicle when he shot the sheriff, surrendered after a three-hour manhunt
- Governor Kay Ivey remembered Williams as ‘a consummate professional and pillar of his community’