A Georgia man has died after he wounded himself when police officers appeared at his door to question him about, authorities said.
Bibb County deputies said Christian Demond Williams, 23, died Tuesday at a Macon hospital. The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force found Williams at a Macon apartment after investigators got a tip that he might have information about four men who escaped Oct. 16 from the Bibb County jail.
Bibb County deputies said another man has been arrested in a car theft believed to be connected to the jailbreak.
When task force agents arrived Monday, a bullet was fired through the door of the apartment, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis told reporters.
After a SWAT team was called, a woman inside the apartment led officers to Williams, who was lying wounded. She said Williams had shot himself, deputies said. He was taken to a Macon hospital in critical condition.
Davis said no officers fired their guns.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Tuesday that Williams died from a single gunshot wound and that he had ruled Williams' death a suicide. Jones said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an inquiry because police officers were involved and performing an autopsy on Williams' body on Wednesday.
Williams had been missing since March 5, the night before he was supposed to be tried for murder in the 2021 shooting death of a man at a Macon convenience store. A security camera showed Williams, in a red hat, being attacked by two other men on the front porch of his home. Davis and District Attorney Anita Howard both expressed doubt that Williams had truly been kidnapped.
The battery on Williams' electronic ankle monitor had failed and the bail bonding company neither notified officials nor instructed Williams to charge it, Davis told WMAZ-TV in June.
"It is sort of suspicious that a person gets kidnapped under surveillance cameras on the day that they were supposed to appear in court," Davis said earlier.
Court records show Williams no longer has a lawyer on the earlier charges and is listed as representing himself. A phone call and an email to his former lawyer were not immediately returned.
Officers on Monday arrested the woman at the apartment, Mykia Mynesha Williams, and charged her with aiding an escape, jail records show. It's unclear whether she's related to Christian Williams, or if she has a lawyer to speak for her, in part because a sheriff's investigator didn't return a phone call seeking information.
Tracking down 4 escapees is sheriff's "singular focus"
It's a sharp turn in a story of a jail escape, including another accused murderer, that had already dominated the news in middle Georgia. The four escapees have been identified as Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell and Chavis Demaryo Stokes.
Christian Williams's possible involvement with the four escaped inmates is currently under investigation, the sheriff's office said.
On Friday,abandoned in the parking lot of a Macon supermarket that they believe was involved in the escape. Authorities followed leads to locate the car, and Sheriff Davis said that he "appreciates the tips and every lead that we have received and is being followed up on."
Video showed the Challenger had been just outside the jail earlier in the night and appeared to show someone tampering with the fence. That person then brought some items into the enclosed area, and the sheriff said investigators believe the items were used to help the men escape. The men escaped out a jail window and through the fence. The Challenger drove up and helped all four of them escape at about 3 a.m. ET, authorities previously said.
Davis said Monday that tracking down the escapees was his department's "singular focus."
"We're going to get you," Davis said, addressing the men. "We're going to find you. The footsteps are moving closer."
A combined $73,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the inmates. The sheriff's office is offering rewards of up to $20,000 for and additional compensation is offered by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Fournier, 52, is a white male with gray hair and blue eyes who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He was being held on a murder charge after he was accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in February 2022.
Anderson, 24, is a Black male with dreadlocks and is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He is charged with aggravated assault.
Barnwell, 37, is a Black male with braids and is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He was being held on federal drug charges.
Stokes, 29, is a Black male with short black hair and is 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was being held on charges of possession of a firearm and drug trafficking.
Anyone with information about the inmates' possible location has been asked to report what they know to the FBI's and U.S. Marshals Service's respective tip lines at 1-800-CALL-FBI and 1-877-WANTED2. People can also submit tips online through the FBI's website or the U.S. Marshals Service's app.