Fort Mill Police officer’s Taser misfires, but fugitive chased down

cwhite@fortmilltimes.comMay 1, 2014 

Martez Lamar Williams

— A Fort Mill police officer who tried to use his stun gun to subdue an allegedly intoxicated and unruly man at Love’s Truck Stop had to chase the suspect, according to a police report.

Officers responded to a call from Love’s at 11:17 p.m. April 26 that a man “was grossly intoxicated and harassing other truck drivers in the parking lot,” the report states. When the first officer, Judd Baird, arrived, he was flagged down by a witness who pointed out the suspect, Martez Lamar Williams, 25, of Jackson, Miss.

According to the report, the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the Williams, although Williams told the officer he was not drinking.

Baird told Williams he would be arrested for public disorderly conduct before Williams allegedly pulled away from the officer and “assumed an aggressive stance,” according to the report. The officer drew his Taser and directed it at Williams, but the stun would not discharge, the report states. Baird said Williams then fled, but was found lying down in thick brush.

After Williams was placed in handcuffs, he became uncooperative while officers were trying to get him into a patrol car, the report states.

Police say that when they searched Williams they found two unlawful weapons – a black gun-shaped knife worn as a pendant on a necklace and a metal "knuckle knife," the report states.

Williams was charged with public disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and possession of an unlawful weapon, according to the report. After being partially booked at the Fort Mill Police Department, officers discovered that Williams was a wanted as a fugitive in Mississippi.

Fort Mill police placed a hold on Williams for the Mississippi Department of Correction. He was later booked at the York County Detention Center on a $3,560 bond.

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