I-Team: Suspect Arrested Days Before Chase
CLEVELAND– A video obtained exclusively by the Fox 8 I-Team is now being looked at by state investigators.
It shows Malissa Williams in the back of a police cruiser last month.
“I would kill you,” Williams says, as she is handcuffed in the back seat of the cruiser.
Williams is one of the suspects that was killed in a Cleveland police-involved shooting last Thursday night. Williams and Timothy Russell died following a 25-minute chase that ended in East Cleveland.
Police say they began the chase because they thought someone from the suspects’ car fired a shot at an officer.
No gun has been found and no bullet casings were found in the vehicle.
13 officers fired more than 100 shots at their vehicle. Both suspects died at the scene.
During her arrest on a warrant a few days before the deadly chase, Williams was videotaped by an officer using his cell phone. While she is in the back of the cruiser, she rambles most of the time, uses vulgar language, and even makes some threats.
“I am going to kill you, blow you **** brains out,” Williams says.
She continued to rant as officers escorted her inside the jail. When the officer instructed her to face the back wall, she refused.
“Get your hands off me. Get your hands off me. Get your hands off me. I will kill your whole ****,” Williams said.
Williams’ family members told Fox 8 I-Team Reporter Peggy Sinkovich, Williams has suffered from mental health issues and they insist she was not violent.
“She is a very good girl and didn’t bother anybody,” said her mother, Martha Williams.
Russell’s family also said they don’t believe he would have shot at police.
Russell was arrested last year in Mentor after leading police there on a high speed chase. Video plays out from that chase which happened on December 3, 2011. The chase video shows Russell weaving around other cars on the roadway.
Family members of both Williams and Russell say they are heartbroken by the incident.
Police Union President Jeff Follmer says the incident has been tough on his officers as well. The officers involved in the shooting began meeting with state investigators Tuesday.
“We are hoping to get everyone completed this week,” Follmer said. “We want our side out there.”
Read more on the investigation here.