Pat Morgan, the special agent in charge for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, said Chaz Devell Williams, 21, was shot several times by Richmond County sheriff’s Deputy Michael J. Woodard early Friday in his home at Fox Den Apartments in the 3200 block of Wrightsboro Road.
Morgan said Williams had what appeared to be two self-inflicted knife wounds to his neck, but it was the gunshot wounds that proved fatal. He declined to say how many shots were fired or how many wounds Williams suffered.
Authorities said deputies had tracked Williams to his apartment after he eluded them about two hours earlier in a chase that began when he didn’t stop his car for unspecified traffic violations. That pursuit ended near Church’s Chicken on Wrightsboro Road when the vehicle ran into a fence and its driver, believed to be Williams, ran away.
Police said a group of deputies entered Williams’ apartment about 4 a.m. Morgan said at some point a bloodied, knife-welding Williams confronted police and came at them with a knife. At that point Woodard fired his pistol, he said.
Morgan said he was still seeking to interview a few more witnesses before completing his investigation.