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LA Coroner Announces Another Inquest, This Time Into A Deputy's Killing Of Fred Williams

A still from LA County Sheriff's deputy body camera shows a man wearing a white shirt and dark pants holding a gun in his right hand.  He is kneeling on a metal shed surrounded by tires and other debris in a Willowbrook backyard.
A screenshot from a deputy's body camera video released Friday, Oct. 30 by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
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The Los Angeles County Coroner today announced another public inquest, this time into the fatal shooting of Fred Williams by an L.A. Sheriff’s deputy.

The inquest will be on Jan. 28, and will seek to determine the circumstances, manner and death of the 25-year-old Williams, who was shot in October after a brief chase.

The deputy said Williams pointed a gun at him; the shooting was the first captured on a body camera — deputies only started wearing them in October. The video shows Williams holding a gun, but it’s not clear he’s pointing it at the deputy.

After not holding an inquest for nearly 40 years, this will mark the second inquest in recent months. An inquest into a deputy’s killing of 18-year-old Andres Guardado is currently on hold while the hearing officer, retired Justice Candace Cooper, decides whether to compel testimony from the deputy who shot Guardado, as well as the deputy’s partner and two sheriff’s investigators.

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Cooper will be the hearing officer in the Williams inquest as well, according to the coroner’s office.

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