Matthew Zadok Williams (2021)

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On April 12, 2021, unnamed officers with the DeKalb County Georgia Police Department responded to a 911 call about a suspicious man "lurking around the woods" near the caller's house.[1] When police arrived, they encountered Matthew Williams, and tried to determine his status and if he belonged there. Williams seemed to lunge at them with a knife, at which point one officer shot at Williams. Williams ran and entered the house through a window. Officers kicked in the front door, but were unable to convince Williams to disarm himself. Additional shots were fired. The initial officers withdrew, and waited for the SWAT team to make entry. [2] Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. It was later determined that Williams lived at the house.[3]

On April 13, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) issued a press release that they would be investigating the shooting.[4]

On April 15, 2021, the police department showed body-worn camera footage to the family.[3]

On April 16, 2021, the police department released the body-worn camera footage.[2]

DeKalb County Police Department began an internal review.[1]

On May 10, 2021, DeKalb County released several hours of previously unreleased body cam video.[5]

On May 26, 2021, Williams' family and legal team met with DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston.[6] The District Attorney is waiting for the GBI report before deciding if charges are warranted.[7]

On September 2, 2021, the family expressed their desire for Sgt. Devon Perry to be arrested for murder.[8] Perry identifies himself on the body-worn camera footage.[7]

On July 28, 2022, the DeKalb County District Attorney announced that they will not be bringing charges against Perry as "the use of force in this case was justified".[9]


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