By Koby Heramil |News Editor|
CSUSB graduate student Batholomew Williams was shot and killed by university campus police Saturday Dec. 8, after a call was made about a disturbance.
The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. at the University Village apartments, where three campus police met Williams in the hallway. It was reported that Williams displayed “superhuman strength” during an ensuing altercation with police.
Williams reportedly used the police’s own pepper spray against the officers and grabbed for one of their batons. He then allegedly began wrestling with one of the officers and started kicking him in the head and torso.
The two other officers at this time opened fire at Williams. Williams was shot five times according to the San Bernardino Police Department. None of the officers were carrying a taser. Williams was unarmed.
Individuals who knew Williams said he suffered from a mental disorder and probably withdrew from taking his medication.
Williams, 38, was a graduate student in the process of earning his second master’s degree in educational instructional technology.
CSUSB President Tomás Morales had said in a news conference, “Words cannot express how truly saddened we are at this time. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all who knew him.”
Morales also went on to mention that the campus police were doing their best in securing safety in the campus community.
However, civil right activists called on the San Bernardino County’s district attorney’s office to conduct an immediate investigation.
Any persons with information are to call Detective Flesher at (909) 384-5655 or Sergeant Robertson at (909) 841-5361.
Also if any one is seeking emotional help and support, the Student Health and Psychological Services on campus is here to help.