January 12, 2017-Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter has announced that no charges will be filed in the October 12, 2016 shooting of a Gary man by a Gary Police officer. According to the statement released today, the shooting occurred in the late hours of October 13, 2016 going into October 14. Gary Police Officer Arthur Lemme was dispatched to the area of 15th and Colfax about midnight on October 13, 2016 when he saw a silver Audi parked with the engine running according to a report released with the statement. Officer Lemme approached the vehicle and saw a male sleeping in the vehicle with a gun in his lap. Officer Lemme retrieved the handgun and asked the driver, later identified as Antoine Desean Williams according to the report. Officer Lemme instructed Williams to exit the vehicle but Williams refused to comply according to the report stating “why, I didn’t do anything” the report continues. Officer Lemme states that Williams put the car into gear and began driving and he felt himself being pulled into the vehicle. According to the report Officer Lemme believed his life was in danger and he shot one time, striking Williams in the chest. Williams was transported to Methodist Hospital Northlake according to the report.
In declining to file charges, Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter stated that Officer Lemme acted in self-defense when he discharged his weapon. Carter stressed that “citizens need to obey orders given by police officers and do as they are instructed.” “If citizens take issue with orders given by police officers, citizens are not to litigate it at a scene but in a court of law. By doing so, Carter stated that citizens and police officers are better protected from any harm.”
Antoine D. Williams was charged by Carter’s office on January 9, 2017 with Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury to a Public Safety Officer, a Level 5 Felony; Carrying a Handgun Without a License, a Level 5 Felony; Battery, a Level 6 Felony; Resisting Law Enforcement, a Level 6 Felony; Resisting Law Enforcement, a Level 6 Felony; Operating a
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Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class A Misdemeanor; Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a Class A Misdemeanor; Operating While Intoxicated, a Class C Misdemeanor. A charge of a crime is merely an accusation, and Williams is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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