Daryl Williams | Mom, best friend identify man who died while in Raleigh police custody

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RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Mother and friend of a man who died while in prison Raleigh police officers identified him.

Darryl Williams’ mother said her son was killed.

“I’m just trying to deal with it the best I can,” Sonia Williams said. “My emotions are all over the place. I just can’t understand what happened to my son.”

Sonya said that her son is a cheerful person who is loved by everyone. She said she deserves an explanation from the police about what happened.

“That’s what makes me so sad, because they don’t tell me anything. So they are trying to hide something,” she said.

Daryl was driving a black Mercedes the night he died. A memorial to his life was formed by his car and another in the parking lot near where he died.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what I’m going through right now. It’s really hard to lose a child,” she said. “He’s really going to be missed. It hurts so much because I don’t know what happened to him. If I knew what happened to him, it would try to ease my conscience a little bit.”

ABC11 also spoke with a friend of Williams, who also confirmed his identity.

“I feel offended. I will definitely be nervous if I get stopped by the police again. It was my best friend. It’s going to be a lot for me moving forward,” Chris Carrington said.

Police were called to the Supreme Sweepstakes on Rock Quarry Road near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard around 2 a.m. Tuesday. Officers patrolling along Rock Quarry Road said they found a suspicious vehicle near the business.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said officers decided to arrest the man, but when they approached him, he fled. Officers said they caught up with him, but he continued to resist arrest, so they used a taser on him.

“Officers were then able to take the man into custody and handcuff him where he later became unresponsive,” Patterson said.

Williams was then taken to a hospital where he later died.

Six employees are on administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

Dr. Andrew Scott has 30 years of law enforcement experience, including serving as the Chief of Police in Boca Raton, Florida. He is now an expert witness on police actions and procedures. He said there are many unanswered questions.

“What was suspicious about the car? And when the young man ran away? Did he run away when they tried to arrest him? Did the officers already have reason to detain him and try to handcuff him? Or did the man just run before he was handcuffed for being told he was under arrest,” Scott asked.

“I think you know; all these pieces of the puzzle are very important for the public to come to an understanding of whether this force was justified or not,” he continued.

Scott also explained that tasers are meant to be a less lethal form of force.

“When a person is tasered and becomes unresponsive, that is an anomaly, not a normal occurrence. However, the anomaly is not rare enough to happen once in a blue moon. It happens more often,” explained Scott.

“Law enforcement officers are trained to be aware of the possibility that a person may suffer some kind of physiological reaction as a result of using a stun gun,” he continued.

Scott said the autopsy report will be crucial in the case. “The autopsy is critical to determining why this person died.”

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Daryl Williams | Mom, best friend identify man who died while in Raleigh police custody

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