Man Jumps in Front of Cars in Ames

AMES, May 6, 2015 – It was approximately 12:05 pm today that concerned citizens called the Liberty County Sheriff’s dispatcher and reported that a man was jumping in front of moving cars on CR 174 in the Ames, Texas area and it was feared either he would be killed or a driver would wreck trying to avoid hitting him. Deputy James McQueen Jr. received the initial call and Sgt. Tommy Koen backed him up. When the Deputies arrived and attempted to get Henry Carl Williams, age 40 out of the road, Williams became very combative and began to resist the Deputies efforts to get him out of danger and to safety. Williams began striking the Deputies and struggling to escape. In an effort to bring Williams under control without injury, he was tased but the taser had no effect on Williams. After an extended struggle with Williams he was handcuffed and placed under arrest.

Sgt. Koen talked to the mother of Williams who told the Sergeant she has been unable to control her son lately and could not explain his irrational conduct. Because of the erratic behavior of trying to jump in front of moving vehicles and the fact that Williams failed to become momentarily immobilized after being struck with the taser it is believed that drugs may have been a factor in his overall behavior and reactions.

Henry Williams was placed in the county jail and charged with two counts of Assault on a Public Servant and Resisting Arrest. Williams was uninjured during the struggle but Deputy McQueen and Sgt. Koen both went to the Liberty Dayton hospital for treatment of several bruises and abrasions. After treatment, both Deputies returned to duty.

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