A patient who escaped from Memorial hospital ran from police into a nearby home where he fought with officers and shocked the homeowner with a Taser gun before a K-9 unit arrived to help bring him down.
On Nov. 18, police responded to a disorder at the hospital at 5:24 p.m. and were told William Williams, 20, had hit an employee while escaping, according to court documents. An officer found Williams running nearby, but he refused to stop and the officer tackled him to the ground.
The suspect fought back and ignored commands to lay on his stomach, at one point telling the officer to lay on his own stomach. Williams was able to stand up, prompting the officer to fire his Taser, but Williams pulled the prong from his chest and continued fleeing.
Williams then ran into a home that a family was walking into and the homeowner joined the fray, trying to help the officer. Williams charged both men and managed to get the stun gun away from the officer, which he then used on the homeowner.
The officer drew his sidearm and pointed it at Williams, but the homeowner shouted that his children were in the home. The officer backed up, trying to locate the children, and exited the home. He then ran around the house, forced entry in another door and held Williams at gunpoint until other officers arrived.
Williams, still wielding the stun gun, kept pointing it at officers and refused commands, so they used their own stun guns and pepper spray. He continued to fight and a K-9 dog was released to help take him into custody.
The homeowner also was nipped by the dog, but his injuries were superficial.
Once detained, Williams was taken to Erlanger to have his injuries checked. He was then transported to the Hamilton County Jail. He is charged with six counts of aggravated assault and one count each of aggravated burglary, resisting arrest and evading arrest.
It is unclear why Williams was initially detained at Memorial.
Karen Long, spokeswoman for Memorial, said she could not comment specifically about an individual's condition but she addressed procedures involving emergency room patients who present a danger to themselves or others.
"That protocol is to place the person in a secure isolation room with key access to caregivers. Oftentimes, there is a police presence outside the room if brought in by the police department," she said.
She also said uniformed guards at Memorial are provided through a partnership with G4S, a private security group.
Williams was arrested less than a month earlier after a resident on Maplewood Drive called about his suspicious activity and asked police to check on his well-being.
Officers found him walking on Standifer Gap Road, but he ran away and refused to cooperate, leading officers to believe he was in a mental crisis. He also walked into heavy traffic twice.
When he tried to leave, officers tackled him to the ground and placed him in the back of a patrol car where he continued to bang his head against the cage and kick the windows.
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