Deputy Returns Fire, Kills Man
GAINESVILLE - A bloody shooting encounter between man and law enforcement. Police were called over about an assault and battery case in Southwest Gainesville but what happened, turned out to be much bigger than that. Police reports show the man killed by a deputy last night had a history of battery on law enforcement. However, his friends say he was a good man despite his confrontations with the law. It all happened at Tower Oaks Glenn Apartments where there is still shattered glass and blood from the scene that involved the Alachua County Sheriffs Department and their SWAT Team.
Deputies were called over after receiving a complaint about an attack. The suspect, Recardio Shormon Clark a 33 year-old black male, fired at Deputy William Frank Williams with a handgun, hitting his chest. Deputy Williams returned fire striking Clark multiple times. A ballistic vest stopped the bullet fired from injuring the deputy. He was treated over night and has already been released from Shands Hospital. Lieutenant Todd Kelly with the Alachua County Sheriffs Office says he is glad their deputy came out of the incident unharmed. "I just watched the video from his car, i was able to listen to some of the audio from the incident... And he did a fabulous job. He was super calm, very composed, was very professional and responded to this incident the way he was trained to do so," Kelly said.
After Deputy Williams returned fire he retreated. About two and a half hours later, the swat team used a robot to enter the apartment, where Clark was found dead. While none of the residents of tower oaks glenn wished to go on camera, they do tell me they feel, after shots were fired, it took too long for authorities to make physical contact with Clark; time they say could''ve been used to save his life.
Clark was released from jail last year and Deputy Williams is now under administrative leave as the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call crime stoppers at the number on your screen: (352) 372-STOP.
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