Police ID Escaped Suspect Who Was Shot Dead In Garfield, NJ Police Chase

GARFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) —  The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office says 19-year-old Malik Williams of Garfield turned himself in on an aggravated assault warrant and was being processed at Garfield police headquarters when he escaped by running out a rear door.

Williams was tracked to the garage of a private residence where he barricaded himself inside.

County prosecutor John Molinelli says officers managed to get inside and found Williams armed with tools from the garage. Two officers fired and struck Williams numerous times.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reports

Williams was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center following shots fired by both Garfield and Bergen County police.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. and the suspect was pronounced dead Saturday evening.

Two officers were also taken to hospitals for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries, reports 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.

It remains unclear how the suspect managed to escape from police custody and the shooting is under investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. No further details can be released at this time from the active investigation.

“From what I heard and what I have an understanding of, it wasn’t no back and forth. It was actually a rapid one after the other. There were five (shots),” resident Ikeme Chukunta told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“Grew up here all my life. First time something like streets blocked off, tell me I got to park somewhere else. Thank God nothing happened to my family,” said resident Steve Knezevic.

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  1. ty garfield says:

    wow this is a total waste of a human life he should have live in the first place he turned himself in so what is the point to shoot him 1 shot is to much already or atleast one from each cop and now the cops have to deal with them killing a 19 year old man for the readt of there life and i knew that man and he was a good kid and now he is dead the garfield should know what there doing

  2. Anonymous says:

    Garfield police has a known habit of bringing people in to the station and beating the hell out of them. I am white…so this is not racial…I have a friend who is also white and was taken in for DUI. He was beat up in the head to unconscious and then they called his wife to come pick him up. He wanted to go to the hospital after complaining that his head hurt and they would not call the ambulance. When his wife took him home she shaved his head and it was all bruised up. She took him into the hospital and he had multiple injuries to the head.
    This PD needs to be investigated and brought to justice.

    1. concerned citizen says:

      agreed…i am white too. it is not racial. they are out of control i really hope something is done about it. the news is quiet about any further.

    2. Mike Garfield says:

      If you are white then you are a drunk white liberal. You are making up lies, Garfield Police never beat anyone. If you continue to make false accusations maybe someone will take it up in court with you for defamation of character.

    3. mike garfield says:

      Do you make these types of comments when blacks kill white police officers? They do it very frequently in this country and whites never make a peep.

  3. CONCERNED CITIZEN says:

    SOMETHING IS VERY WRONG WITH THIS STORY. I AM A GRANDMOTHER. A FEW YEARS AGO I WAS STOPPED BY A PERSON IN UNIFORM AND WEARING A GUN IN GARFIELD. IW AS COMING OUT OF D.D. WITH A CUP OF COFFEE IN ONE HAND AND A BAG WITH A DONUT IN THE OTHER. THIS OFFICER WAS IN A STANCE AS THOUGH HE WAS PREPARED TO PULL HIS WEAPON. HE ASKED FOR MY ID. I WAS EXSUASTED FROM A TRIP I HAD JUST MADE AND DID NOT QUESTION IT. THE NEXT DAY I CALLED THE POLICE STATION TO REPORT THIS INCIDENT AND IT WAS NOT RECIEVED AS THOUGH IT WAS WRONG. I WAS TOLD THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WITH MY DISCRIPTION. i AM A RETIRED NYC EMS WORKER AND HAVE MUCH RESPECT FOR LAWENFORCMENT. MY FAMILY IS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING VERY WRONG GOING ON IN GARFIELD.

  4. ABREK TOPAK says:

    are you kidding me why would he turn himself in then run garfield cops should have never shot him they have used unlawful methods against my friend before i knew malik they beat him up multiple times before he could never do anything cause they couldnt afford a lawyer for a case the cops anted him dead for w.e reason malik was my brother my best friend and i never get to see him again and for you to act like you know what your saYING IS PITTIFUL ALL YOUR INFORMATION IS OFF THE NEWS THE COPS COVERUP STORIES THE ONLY ONES WHO KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPEN IS MY DEAD FRIEND AND THE PIGS WHO DID IT THEY DIDNT FOLLOW ANY RULES THEY DIDNT TELL HIM TO LOWER ANY WEAPONS AND I SPOKE TO HIS MOM THE AUTOPSY CAME BACK AND HE HAD MORE THEN 5SHOTS IN HIS BODY SHOT IN BOTH ARMS AS IF HE WAS GIVING UP SHOT IN THE STOMACH SHOT IN BOTH LEGS AND IN THE BACK AND HIP NO REASON FOR THIS FOR A KID WITH A COUPLE OF TOOLS HOW DID HE ESCAPE THE POLICE STATION ? WHY WOULD HE TURN HIMSELF IN THEN RUN? WHY DIDNT OFFICERS TELL HIM TO LOWER HIS TOOLS? WHY DID THEY JUST FIRE UPON A KID 9 TIMES ? WHY IS MY FRIEND DEAD BECAUSE OF CRIMINAL CROOKED COPS???

    1. jt giordano says:

      and for what injurys were the cops treated

  5. The Good Samaritan says:

    Its unfortunate that everyone he is trying to make this racial because the victims first name is Malik. You all have problems respecting authority.

    He turned himself in but then ran away from the police and was hiding in a garage armed with tools(as weapons)when the police arrived.

    Do not be surprised if we see the innocent graduation photos in the papers soon of an innocent Malik Williams.

    If Mr. Malik Williams used common sense when he turned himself in he probably would have been released with a summons to return to court at a later. He instead decided to play bet your life as well as hide and go seek with the police and lost. Sad but true.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    1. mike says:

      It’s only a racial issue to the drunk white liberals and noble minorities because they feel another black has been wronged. I don’t hear anyone complaining about the 90 percent of interracial crime in this country that is black on white. I don’t hear anyone complaining when violent black gangbangers shoot at cops on an almost daily basis in this country. That’s perfectly okay because we know blacks can’t be racist. WE should pander to blacks even more.

      1. The Good Samaritan says:

        Its insane that every time a black gets shot by a cop that people march and say its a civil rights issue.

        The Good Samaritan has spoken.

  6. Bes says:

    wow are you serious? Poor kid. What’s going on with this society? First cops pepper spray kids on college campus and then we have an officer shoot and murder someone? Insane!!!

  7. Used to respect cops says:

    This 19 year old kid who “turned himself in” was murdered by the Garfield and Bergen County police who were embarassed that he escaped custody. The officer involved should be tried for murder and if convicted given the death penalty. We don’t need murders in our society.

    1. Vic Garfield says:

      Dont let them fool you. They knew the kid was troubled and they gave him a chance to think about escaping so they can bring him up on greater charges. They forgot a trigger happy cop might blow this out of proportion. Its probably that new white short egoistic cop that killed him.

      1. mike says:

        Did you see my comment about all the black on white crime in this country? I guess that acceptable because as we all know black on white crime is acceptable and racism is supposedly a one way street. You chimps always play the race card when anything, anything happens. This black savage would have ended up killing someone. This POS had many serious criminal charges all at the young age of 19. Screw this pig!

    2. mike says:

      And you know this how? Please shut the hell up, you know none of the facts you are just making crap up.

  8. MJ says:

    COPS = SHOOT TO KILL FIRST , GET FACTS LATER

  9. Mike says:

    Vic, it looks like you are using this as agenda for your own personal vendetta against the Garfield Police. According to you all minorities should get passes especially when victims are white. Pretty soon it will be considered a hate crime to look at minorities or are you the majority by now? The double standards are endless and your propaganda is very easy to see through.

  10. Mike says:

    Minorities in town? Really? What about the fact that 90 percent of interracial crime in this country is black on white! That’s over a million black on white crimes every year with 3,000 whites killed and 35000 white women raped by blacks. Whose the real racist now? Stop playing the race card and grow up you pig!

  11. Vic Garfield says:

    This was not a 22-year-old man, this was a 19 year old kid, watch the garfield police say we are sorry we made a mistake and gave his brothers age by error, garfield police needs to be shut down and this town needs to be managed by the state police, until the mayor is ousted out of here the police will continue to do whatever they want with minorities in this town, the investigation wont lead to anything, you will all just see it for yourself, and this was just a 19 year old kid taking depression pills, brought in for questioning because he argued with his girlfriend, known by every police office in garfield as a kid that always finds himself in trouble, they wanted him to escape, they just used this to get rid of him, this is how things get done around here

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