On January 19, 2021 at approximately 11:20 p.m. patrol officers of the Abbeville Police Department spotted a vehicle traveling on N. Washington Street near W. St. Victor Street. Officers observed that the vehicle, despite it being almost 11:30 p.m., was traveling without any headlights on. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.
During the course of the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle (identified as Gene Williams, III of Abbeville) appeared to be extremely nervous, and kept attempting to reach towards the driver’s side door panel of the vehicle. Mr. Williams was asked to step out of the vehicle, and he complied. A backup officer arrived shortly thereafter. A records check showed that Williams had numerous arrests and convictions for various violent crimes and narcotics. Officers observed a handgun in plain view. Officers attempted to detain Williams, and he began fighting with officers. Williams attempted to flee on foot but was caught after one of the officers deployed his taser. While attempting to once again handcuff Williams, he once again began fighting and struck both officers. Williams was finally handcuffed and transported to Abbeville General Hospital due to Williams being shot with the taser. While at the hospital, officers located suspected marijuana and several MDMA pills inside a bottle in William’s pocket.
Williams was transported to the Abbeville Police Department where he was booked on the following charges:
· Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies
· Possession of Marijuana
· Possession of Schedule I Drugs (MDMA)
· Illegal Carrying of Weapons
· Resisting by Force (2 Counts)
· Battery on a Police Officer
Williams was then transported to the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center.