MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A retired sheriff’s deputy and psychiatric patient at a northwest Indiana clinic who like been eager in a war like been both killed when one other safety guard opened fired on the patient, authorities stated Tuesday.
Authorities on the muse stated the patient, known by the Lake County coroner’s plot of job as Jamal Williams, 22, of Lansing, Illinois, disarmed and fatally shot Ryan Askew and change into then killed by the second safety guard. But they later stated Williams by no manner won sustain an eye fixed on of Askew’s gun, nor fired the weapon.
The incident started when safety change into alerted that a psychiatric patient at Community Health center in Munster change into threatening workers, stated Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter. When safety arrived, Williams allegedly attacked a nurse.
Askew tried to intervene however change into overpowered by Williams, who change into described by authorities as standing at 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing 300 pounds (136.08 kilograms). An athletic department spokesperson at Western Michigan stated Williams had played football at WMU.
“I’m suggested he change into beating the nurse swish badly,” Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez suggested The (Northwest Indiana) Instances.
Carter stated Benny Freeman, one other retired Lake County deputy working safety on the clinic, opened fire after Askew begged Freeman to shoot as Williams change into choking him to discontinuance to unconsciousness. The gunfire prompted the deaths of both males. Carter stated Williams by no manner won sustain an eye fixed on of Askew’s weapon or fired photography.
Askew, 59, of Crown Level, died at Community Health center, the coroner’s plot of job stated.
Freeman is a historical jail warden and Lake County SWAT crew member, and previously served because the sheriff’s department’s sharpshooter and sniper.
The sheriff stated his department change into in shock that one in every of their very like retired officers change into gone. Martinez stated he stated he knew both officers and called them “important guys.” The other officer’s name wasn’t without lengthen launched.
“As a young officer myself, I trained under these guys as a rookie. This is correct shiny. Our entire department would possibly be littered with this loss,” he stated.