INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The homeowner who was shot by police in a case of mistaken identity said he remembered feeling intense pain and dropping to the ground while he wondered why an officer shot him.
Carl Williams, 48, was shot by police Tuesday morning in a case of “mistaken identity.”
The incident started when his wife reported that a man confronted her at their home in the 3600 block of Foxtail Drive, pointed a gun at her head and demanded her car keys.
The woman complied and gave up her keys. She then ran into her house to tell her husband what happened and to notify police. Williams said he remembered his wife coming into the home screaming. He ran to her aid and got his gun.
During a media briefing about the incident on Tuesday, officers played two recordings, one of the 911 call that preceded the shooting and one of the conversation between dispatch and the officer at the scene. Those recordings are below:
In the 911 call, Williams can be heard comforting his wife who sounded very distraught. Williams also gives dispatch a description of the suspect. He said the suspect was a black male with a rifle or long gun, wearing a dark colored baseball cap, and a red and white jacket. At the end of the call, the man can be heard saying, “Oh wait, is that him? Is that him?”
At that point, 9-year veteran Officer Christopher Mills drove up to the house with his lights off to conceal his vehicle, which police say is common protocol. Police say the officer then saw a vehicle in the home's driveway which matched the description of the vehicle that was reported stolen.
Williams said he was wearing a black shirt and blue jeans, an outfit much different from the description of the suspect given to police. He told reporters he didn't point his gun at anyone.
"My pistol was in my hand at my side," he said Friday. He remembered being in intense pain and thinking, "I'm the homeowner. Why did you shoot me?"
Williams was hit in the groin; earlier reports indicated that he'd been shot in the stomach.
"When I made the 911 call, I expected police to come to help us," Williams said, adding that his interactions with officers have always been positive.
“I’m not going to let the actions or inactions of one individual try to taint the entire police department," he said.
"I'm conflicted. Obviously I'm in a lot of pain. I don't want to put anyone in a bad light. The police have a very tough job, we all know this. I'm torn."
William said he's a private person by nature who's been thrust unwillingly into the spotlight. The outpouring of support in the community has touched his heart.
“I am overwhelmed by the love and support of my community. Normally I’m a private person and I really don’t bother people," he said. "One neighbor in particular yesterday brought flowers for my wife and a gift card out of the blue."
Williams' attorney said they still had some interviews to complete and needed to get a handle on medical bills. After that, they'll consult with the city about the possibility of compensating him.
As for the carjacking suspect, police are still looking for him.