A Richmond man has been indicted on multiple felony charges in connection with the Dec. 14 homicide of Antoine L. Smith Jr., 24, of the 3200 block of Broad Rock Boulevard and the officer involved shooting that occurred on 4th Avenue the same day.
James E. Williams Jr., 18, of the 1100 block of Sumpter Street was indicted by a grand jury last week on the following charges in relation to the Stockton Street homicide:
· first-degree murder
· malicious wounding
· possession of a firearm of a convicted felon
· use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (x2)
Williams Jr. was indicted by a grand jury for the following charges in relation to the officer involved shooting that occurred on Dec. 14:
· attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer
· use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
· convicted felon possession of a firearm
Williams Jr. is currently in custody on murder charges that occurred in Chesterfield County. A booking photo of Williams Jr. from Chesterfield County is attached.
At approximately 5:01 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, officers responded to the 3200 block of Stockton Street for the report of a person shot. When police arrived, they located Antoine Smith Jr. suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers also located an adult female suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
At approximately 8:27 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, an RPD Officer Travis Dooley spotted a vehicle matching the description of one that was seen at a shooting that had occurred minutes earlier in Gilpin Court. Officer Dooley attempted to stop the vehicle but it sped away. A short pursuit ensued.
At approximately 8:29 a.m., the vehicle was forced to stop in 3300 block of 4th Avenue when the roadway ended at a wooded area. Williams Jr. exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots from an assault-style weapon at officer Dooley, striking his cruiser. Officer Dooley returned fire, striking Williams Jr. A second occupant exited the vehicle and fled into the wooded area.