Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting at Tempe motel

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Erika Flores

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 22 at 1:08 PM

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The suspect in an officer-involved shooting at a Tempe motel Friday night has died, according to police.

Officers responded to the Motel 6 near Scottsdale and McKellips roads shortly before 6:30 p.m. after receiving a report that 25-year-old Jonathan L. Williams was in the lobby. The man was reportedly involved in a domestic violence incident at the motel Thursday night.

Tempe police spokesman Lt. Scott Smith said investigators learned Williams was known to carry a firearm and had allegedly threatened to shoot officers who contacted him.

When officers responded to the Motel 6 lobby on Friday, Williams allegedly opened fire on officers. An officer returned fire from outside the lobby, striking Williams. Smith said the suspect was the only civilian in the lobby at the time.

Williams was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition and succumbed to his injuries Sunday afternoon.

No officers were injured.

"I was frantic because I was on the bus home from work, so my thought was, I just wanted to get back here," said Craig Henry, whose wife was at the motel at the time. "Then when I got here, I couldn't get any closer to the hotel. I didn't know what to think."

Smith said Williams' 24-year-old girlfriend was not at the motel Friday. She was transported to an undisclosed location the night before, after allegedly being assaulted by Williams.

She escaped to the Quality Suites hotel across the street and called police.

Williams reportedly followed his girlfriend to the hotel and caused a disturbance in the lobby, knocking over a cup of coffee and verbally threatening the motel clerk. He fled the area before police arrived.

The officer who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

Smith said Williams has previously been contacted by out-of-state police. He is a resident of Kansas and Florida.

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