CLEARWATER – Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect who barricaded himself in a Clearwater residence after brandishing a knife, threatening deputies and endangering three minor children. A second suspect was arrested for obstruction.
Deputies responded to a private residence located at 1457 S. Missouri Ave. in unincorporated Clearwater about 11:18 a.m. April 20 when Linda Williams, 32, asked that her boyfriend Bryan Williams, 26, be “trespassed” from the residence due to a domestic dispute, according to the sheriff’s report.
When deputies arrived on scene, Bryan Williams grabbed a stick and told the deputies not to come any closer. Deputies ordered him to put the stick down. The suspect did not comply and instead went back into the house.
As deputies approached the door of the residence, Williams came out with a butcher knife in hand and began to yell and threaten deputies. Linda Williams and the three minor children, ages 15, 4 and 3, were also present in the front of the home.
Deputies ordered Williams to drop the knife; once again the suspect did not comply; and instead re-entered the residence and barricaded himself inside.
Deputies established communication with Williams through a back window of the home and negotiated with him for about 45 minutes – until they were able to convince him to come out of the home through the front door.
While outside, Williams continued to be argumentative and refused to obey deputy commands. Deputies then deployed a beanbag projectile at the suspect to subdue him. Deputies arrested Bryan Williams for aggravated assault on an law enforcement officer, child endangerment and resisting arrest without violence. Williams was also arrested on an unrelated warrant for parole violation.
A second suspect, Isreal T. Williams, 25, was arrested for obstruction after he also began yelling profanities at the deputies and telling deputies to get off the property.
Clearwater Fire Rescue responded to the scene and treated Bryan Williams for injuries related to the deployment of the beanbag and Israel Williams who was complaining he was feeling ill.
Both were treated on scene and subsequently transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.