According to the warrant issued for his arrest, Jeffrey L. Williams told a confidential source that he is responsible for shooting and wounding two police officers at the Ferguson Police Department on March 12.
As first reported by Yahoo News, the warrant details how an informant who had been "proven reliable in previous law enforcement investigations" contacted Ferguson Police Department detective Robert Brannan to say that he or she "had a phone conversation with a subject who claimed he was involved in the shooting of two police officers in the City of Ferguson."
The informant met with Brannan, where he or she was given a hidden audio and video recording device, then went to see Williams at his house in north St. Louis.
From the search warrant (emphasis ours):
The suspect, later identified as Jeffrey L. Williams, exited the listed residence and entered the front passenger's seat of a vehicle operated by the CS [confidential source]. The CS then drove throughout North St. Louis County while he/she spoke with the suspect regarding the shooting. The CS ultimately proceeded to the area near the scene of the shooting in the City of Ferguson while continually engaging the suspect in conversation regarding the incident. The suspect then told the CS that he discharged a handgun at unknown individual(s) from an area which was consistent with the location of the fired cartridge casings. Through an additional conversation the suspect acknowledged that he remained in possession of the handgun used in the assault.
After the source left Williams' house, St. Louis County Police Department's Bureau of Drug Enforcement placed the home under surveillance. When Williams left the house again, going to a red Pontiac Grand AM that matched the description of a vehicle seen at the time of the shooting, police arrested him. When they swept the home, they found a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol on the floor of the bedroom.
Williams' lawyer Jerryl Christmas was not immediately available for comment, but he told Yahoo News that "My client reaffirmed to me that he was not the shooter in this case.... The real perpetrator is still at large, and that should be our focus." Williams has said through his attorney that his confession was coerced and false.
Read the search warrant here:
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