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Docs: Man who stabbed IMPD officers was hoping to be shot, killed by police

  • LATEST: Deonta Williams was formally charged Friday with two counts of attempted murder, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. The initial hearing set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, according to online court records.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Unable to pay for a medical bill, an Indianapolis man hoped to kill a police officer and have another officer kill him in return.

That’s according to court documents acquired by News 8.

Deonta Williams, 20, is accused of stabbing two Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers early Wednesday morning.

According to investigators, Williams called 911 to lure officers to the 1500 block of Fairfield Avenue near 38th Street and East Fall Creek Parkway North Drive.

Williams told dispatchers that two people were causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, Williams pointed officers in a direction to investigate, then stabbed them with two knives.

One officer was stabbed in the neck, the other in the chest. Both officers then fired shots at Williams, wounding him.

Both officers were sent to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. Both officers have been released from a hospital. IMPD has not released the names of the officers.

Williams was taken to IU Health Methodist to be treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He was later released, arrested, then sent to Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. When speaking with detectives at the hospital, Williams admitted to making up the initial incident to get the officers to where he was.

“He said that he felt the city owed him because he had received a large medical bill that he could not pay and decided to take it out on the officers,” court documents state.

The detective asked Williams what his plan was.

“Get my own justice,” Williams told the detective. “I was gonna kill an officer.”

In a further interview with an investigator, Williams stated he hoped to kill an officer and get that officer’s gun, then be shot by another officer.

Online jail records indicate Williams is due in court for an initial appearance on Dec. 7. He faces preliminary charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Williams also has open cases from earlier this year for charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

Earlier this year, Williams was arrested for burglary and was being held in the Marion County jail with a bond set at $25,000.00. The Bail Project stepped in and help get his bond reduced.

The Bail Project on Thursday sent a statement to I-Team 8.

 “The Bail Project provided bail assistance of $750 for Mr. Williams in April of this year. The 19-year-old was released on GPS monitoring and was living in a shelter at the time. Prior to this latest incident, he was charged with a misdemeanor and released on own recognizance by the court. It is clear from the recent events that he’s struggling with his mental health and this is a cry for help.” 

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