PALMETTO (WWSB) - Police in Palmetto say Brian Williams, Palmetto’s City Commissioner, opened fire when a man running from officers after crashing into a different house tried to force his way inside.
Around 10pm on Thursday, officers attempted to stop a vehicle being driven recklessly on 4th Street West, but the driver fled and crashed into a home on 600 block. The driver and passenger both took off running after the crash. Police say they managed to grab the passenger immediately but the driver, 22-year-old Avelino Misreal Vasquez-Perez of Palmetto, ran off.
Police say Vasquez-Perez climbed a six-foot fence and ended up in the backyard of a home on the 600 block of Riverside Drive, which is less than a quarter mile away from the crash. Police say once in the backyard, Vasquez-Perez forced his way into the garage and was trying to get into the home through an interior door when he was confronted by the homeowner, Brian Williams.
Williams ordered Vasquez-Perez to the ground and instructed his daughter to call 911. According to police, when Vasquez-Perez tried to physically push past Williams to get out of the house, Williams opened fire.
Vasquez-Perez fled the house and was immediately taken into custody. He was transported to Blake Medical Center with two gunshot wounds and is listed in stable condition.
Vasquez-Perez is charged with burglary, battery and resisting arrest. He will also face traffic charges.
Palmetto Police say although the investigation is ongoing, Williams acted in self-defense and will not face any charges.