Curtis Williams was a part of a group of inmates who shot a detention officer hostage
An Oklahoma City prison inmate who had been murdered by police a week whilst supposedly carrying a detention officer hostage needed a"makeshift weapon" into the officer until he had been fired upon, police said Monday.
The Oklahoma City Police Department reported the worker was in"imminent peril" when two of its own officers opened fire Curtis Williams.
Williams, 34, was a part of a group of inmates who shot a detention officer hostage Saturday about the 10th floor of the Oklahoma County Detention Center. The flooring is where the prison's most troublesome offenders to handle are delegated.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office requested assistance in the police department since the chaos unfolded.
Both police officers who fired their weapons identified as Lt. Coy Gilbert, a 23-year division veteran and Officer Kevin Kuhlman, that was on the force for five decades, have now been placed on routine administrative leave. The detention officer had been rescued and taken into a hospital for treatment after being beaten and attacked offenders while he had been held.
The officer's condition wasn't immediately known.
It wasn't clear how many occasions Williams was struck or the number of rounds have been fired. Officer body footage is going to be published in the not too distant future, police said.
Williams was booked into the prison in April 2019 on several charges, such as first-degree rape and firearm ownership, according to prison records.
In a number of videos listed by a few of the offenders involved in the hostage scenario, one stated"we can not take showers"
At a news conference Monday, Williams' loved ones stated that he had been speaking out against bad prison conditions.
"I understood Curtis for 34 decades and I know for certain he wouldn't only go out and kidnap anyone," said Rhonda Lambert, based on The Oklahoman paper. "Requirements in the prison compelled my son and many others like him to eliminate self-control"