Man shocked twice before death at jail

EVERETT — A 59-year-old Everett man was shocked twice with an electronic stun gun Friday night just minutes before he died at the Snohomish County Jail.

Bill C. Williams, who had long struggled with mental illness, reportedly got into a confrontation with jail staff. He’d been booked for investigation of theft that night by Everett police.

A Snohomish County sheriff’s corrections officer remains on paid administrative leave in connection with the case, officials said Wednesday.

Williams’ death is being investigated by the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team, a cadre of homicide detectives from around the county who probe cases involving police and the use of force.

Williams was arrested about 9:30 p.m. Friday after allegedly shoplifting from a Broadway gas station.

He was booked into jail at 10:17 p.m.

“Once inside, he became combative and corrections staff used two separate Taser applications with little result either time,” Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.

Afterward, Williams was placed into an isolation cell. At 10:34 p.m., Williams was found in medical distress, Snell said. Jail staff summoned medics and began resuscitation efforts.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office completed an autopsy Monday. Williams’ cause of death is pending further study.

Laboratory test results could take weeks.

Williams spent much of his life in Skagit County but moved to Everett in recent years, where he was receiving services, according to his family. He had suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenic episodes since his 20s.

Williams had good years in his life but also could lose touch with reality and become violent, his family said.

Initial reports from police misstated Williams’ age and current city of residence.

His family has set up an account for community donations to help with funeral expenses. People can give to the “Bill Williams Memorial Fund” at any KeyBank branch.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com

More in Local News

Designed for special emergencies, texting 911 widely misused

The majority of texts dispatchers receive are better handled by calling, a SNOPAC official says.

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
After a 2-year trial, are I-405’s toll lanes here to stay?

Lawmakers will decide whether to keep them or end the experiment and try something else.

Weary drivers using toll lanes say they have little choice

Congestion continues to be a tedious reality for commuters on I-405, which is as clogged as ever.

Arlington woman dies 4 days after Marysville crash

She was on the northbound onramp from Fourth Street to I-5 when her pickup hit a tree and fence.

Council passes six-month moratorium on safe injection sites

Proposal by County Councilman Nate Nehring passed unanimously.

Terrace woman held following collision in Everett

The three occupants in vehicle were transported to a local hospital in serious condition.

Information sought on drive-by shooting in Everett

Debris from an apparent crash, evidence of gunfire found in the 2800 block of California Street.

Longboarders from near and far hit the trail in Arlington

The Centennial Sk8 Festival was serious competition for some and just for fun for others.

Everett’s lawsuit against maker of OxyContin can proceed

Purdue Pharma says it’s not liable for the impacts of opioid addiction and wanted the case tossed.

Most Read