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High speed chase in Gainesville ends with officer-involved shooting

4:27 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The Gainesville Police Department released new information about a high-speed chase that ended with an officer-involved shooting on Thursday.

Officer Wilfredo Perez, a two-year veteran of the Gainesville Police Department, opened fire on a vehicle during a high-speed chase when the suspect drove his vehicle towards him,  according to Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department.

Gainesville Police officers, Perez and Officer Safiya Rim, responded to reports of a fight at 1142 NE 24th Terrace at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, Tobias said. During the investigation Officer Perez instructed Rim to stop a grey Chrysler 300 that was driven by 24-year-old Ronnie Williams.

Officer Rim was standing in front of the Chrysler when she gave Williams a verbal command to stop, according to the GPD. He accelerated slightly bumping Rim's body.

In response Officer Rim ordered Williams at gunpoint to stop, according to Tobias. Williams accelerated away from Officers, also bumping Officer Perez's body with the car.

Williams fled the scene leading officers on a high-speed chase through a nearby neighborhood.

The pursuit traveled east on E. University Avenue, where Williams made a right turn onto SE 73rd Terrace. Officers report that Williams tried to make a three-point turn when he reached the 600 block of SE 73rd Terrace. Officer Perez found himself in the path of the vehicle again and ordered Williams to stop.

Officer Perez fired multiple gunshots into the vehicle. Williams was struck by the gunfire. The Chrysler 300 then crashed into trees on the west side of SE 73rd Terrace.

Williams is expected to recover from his injuries and will face charges of fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, according to a GPD.

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