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Anthony Joe Williams, 37
Houston, Texas
February 01, 2018

Last updated: 11 months ago

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According to police, Anthony Williams was shot and killed by police after robbing a southwest Houston gas station.

Williams was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after authorities said he approached officers while holding a machete in April 2017.

Williams was shot by Houston police officers at 14874 Estrellita Drive around 12:30 p.m. on April 27.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Williams grabbed cash and beer during the robbery. As Williams was fleeing the scene in a black Toyota Avalon, the clerk went outside and began taking pictures of the license plate, Acevedo said.

"The clerk saw him coming back, ran back into the Exxon, locked the doors behind her at which time, when he noticed the doors were locked, he fired several rounds at the clerk," Acevedo said.

Right before Williams fired, Tonya Jones said she showed up to get gas. 

"He had just finished robbing them," she said.

The doors were locked, and standing next to her was Williams, who she said chased her. 

"While I was trying to take off, he was pulling on my door trying to get in and then I just drove off and he started shooting again," Jones said.

Several minutes later, Acevedo said, the Avalon was involved in a crash on the 610 West Loop near Fournace Place in Bellaire. When Bellaire police officers arrived to investigate the crash, Williams jumped out of the car with a gun and ran to a nearby shopping center, Acevedo said.

Houston police officers arrived at the shopping center and began chasing Williams, Acevedo said.

Williams then tried to carjack several drivers during the chase before an officer shot him several times, Acevedo said.

"While the suspect tried to flee on foot, he continued to display his firearm and pointed it at different people, including officers. (He) refused commands," Acevedo said.

Cellphone video from a witness shows the moment Williams was crossing Pin Oak Park near the West Loop toward the parking lot at Pin Oak Centre.

Williams collapsed in the parking lot and died, Acevedo said.

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