‘My nephew got killed, we got to live with that,’ Family of man killed by police speaks

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A rape suspect was shot and killed after police say he lunged at them with a knife.

The suspect's family says he was murdered.

Andre Williams has a lengthy criminal record, and he's served jail time for assaulting a police officer before.

Even so, his family says they don't think Williams deserved to be shot.

Wednesday evening, police officers went to a home in the 1300 block of N.E. 24th, looking for a rape suspect.

"They did make contact with a person who later on turned out to be a relative of the suspect, he allowed them access into the house," Captain Paco Balderrama with Oklahoma City Police says.

Once inside, police found the suspect, 26-year-old Andre Williams, under a bed armed with a knife.

"The officers at the scene ordered this person to drop the knife, also to come out from under the bed," Balderrama said.

Officers say he did not comply, that's when Williams was tased.

"It did not work, the suspect then lunged at one of the officers with a knife still in hand, that's when he was shot by one of the officers, he was pronounced deceased at the scene," Balderrama said.

And now family says he was murdered.

"They try to justify what they do, but it's not right, my nephew got killed and we got to live with that," Ellen Roberts, William's great aunt says.

"A police officer, I believe they could take a knife cut to the arm or something just to wrestle somebody down," Marckus White, another family member said.

Family members say officers could have handled things another way.

"One against that many, he was outnumbered with a knife, come on, a kitchen knife, are you serious?" White says.

"Getting up from out under the bed, don't you think about 3 or 4 police officer could down somebody," Roberts says.

Williams' family says his long rap sheet is no excuse for his death.

"Black lives do matter and even though he does have a record, a violent record, they still should've went about it a different way," White said.

"I have three sons and I fear for them, not just my family, I fear for black kids," Roberts said.

The officers are on paid leave and homicide detectives are investigating.

Police say they did find evidence at the home that the initial rape victim was bound, raped and held against her will.

 

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