Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams killed over loud music, witnesses and police say Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser
Written by Choc Thunda on November 25, 2019
Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams was fatally shot when he approached a truck because the music was loud, and he was asking an occupant of the pickup to turn it down, according to law enforcement and an eyewitness.
About 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Williams was shot at the QV convenience store near the Lowndes County Courthouse on the downtown square in Hayneville. Law enforcement apprehended the suspect William Chase Johnson, 18, after a nearly four-hour search when he walked up to the shooting scene about 12:05 a.m. Sunday with a firearm in his hand and was taken into custody after the manhunt.
Johnson has been charged with murder, according to Elmore jail records. No bond has been set.
Williams approached the truck Johnson was driving and asked him why his music was so loud. That’s when allegedly Johnson shot Williams once in the head. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating. ALEA wouldn’t comment Sunday afternoon on if Williams was in uniform at the time of the shooting, or if he was driving a marked or un marked vehicle
Charles Benson said he witnessed it all.
“Right there at Pump 8,” Benson said, standing in front of the store with a styrofoam container of breakfast he had just bought from the food counter inside. “Big John comes up and asks the young man about the loud music, just like he has done hundreds of times before. Big John don’t take no foolishness.
“That’s when he got shot. I don’t understand it. The sheriff is gone over loud music? It just don’t seem right.”
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is handling the investigation. Johnson was not taken to Lowndes County jail. Instead he was being held in Elmore County, authorities confirm.
“This is a sad time for Lowndes County and the state of Alabama,” said Sgt. Steve Jarrett, commander of the Montgomery Alabama State Troopers’ post. He held a press conference on the scene about 11:20 p.m. Saturday. “Big John was a wonderful man. If you ever met him you would never forget him. We ask for your prayers for his family and for the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department.”
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