A 5-day report will be released for a person who has died in Raleigh Police


RALEIGH, NC — A 5-day report will be released Monday that will provide more information about a man who died in a Raleigh police custody last week.

On the morning of January 17, a man died after Raleigh police officers used a Taser during an attempted arrest.

On January 17, Sonya Williams announced that her son Darryl Williams had died. He was 32 years old and lived in Raleigh.

Raleigh police have not yet confirmed the man’s name.

The incident

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said the incident began around 2 a.m. Tuesday outside a pawn shop on Rock Quarry Road near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when police approached a suspicious vehicle.

“During [the] course [the] investigation, an arrest decision was made,” Patterson said.[Then,] the subject ran away from the officers.

“At that time, the police tried to detain a person. He resisted, as a result, a stun gun was used.”

Patterson said the man fled into the woods.

“Officers were then able to take the man into custody and place him in handcuffs where he later became unresponsive,” Patterson said. “Our employees performed life-saving measures, an ambulance was called.

“The individual was taken to hospital where he later died.”

No shots were fired, police said.

Patterson said six officers were involved in the incident. The officers are on administrative leave, which Patterson said is standard procedure in the event of an officer-involved shooting or in-custody death.

The State Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation.

“Raleigh police will also conduct … a separate investigation to ensure policies and procedures were followed,” Patterson said.

The state Department of Public Safety defines a death in custody as:

The death of any person who is in custody, under arrest or in the process of being arrested, committed for incarceration, or in a municipal or county jail, a state prison, a state prison boot camp, a prison boot camp contracted by the state, any state or local contract facility or other local or state correctional facility (including any juvenile facility).

A 5-day report will be released for a person who has died in Raleigh Police

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