LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A report that details actions by Metro police officers in the death of 19-year-old Isaiah Tyree Williams shows that they announced their presence clearly before entering the apartment.
On Jan. 10, 2022, Williams was asleep on the sofa when officers came in. When he awoke, he had a gun and fired shots at officers, who returned fire. Officers said Williams fired his gun six to seven times. Williams was hit as officers fired more than 20 rounds, some from rifles and some from handguns.
The Clark County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in Williams’ shooting.
The timeline of events beginning at 4:59 a.m., according to the Force Investigation Team (FIT) report :
- 4:59:56: First announcements were made by SWAT personnel at the front door
- 5:00:04: The west window was broken out and a stun stick breach was inserted
- 5:00:06: The front door was rammed for the first time.
- 5:00:10: The noise flash diversionary device was deployed.
- 5:00:11: The front door was breached after five (5) strikes with the ram.
- 5:00:12: SWAT team made entry into the apartment.
- 5:00:14: Williams fired his first shot at SWAT Officer Kubla.
At 5:01, SWAT leaders broadcast that shots had been fired, and medical personnel were on scene at 5:02. Williams was pronounced dead at 5:09 a.m.
A witness and several body-worn cameras confirm that officers shouted before entering. The witness account reported the time as 3:30 a.m., but other evidence puts the warnings just before officers entered the apartment at 5 a.m. The witness remembered hearing officers shout, “Search warrant! Search warrant!”
The review hinged on officers’ efforts to announce their presence before entering the apartment at The Boulevard Apartments, 3050 S. Nellis Boulevard.
Officers were there to arrest Wattsel Rembert IV, in the investigation of a Nov. 18, 2021, homicide. They believed Rembert was inside. Rembert, 24, was arrested four days later, but charges were dropped in February.
Williams was under investigation by North Las Vegas police when he was killed by Metro officers.
Interviews with officers who were present and a review of body-worn camera video from eight officers showed they warned occupants before entering.
Officer Kerry Kubla was shot, receiving wounds to both arms and his right leg. Another officer sustained an injury to his right arm.
A fact-finding review follows when a police-involved death occurs and the DA’s Office preliminarily determines that no criminal prosecution of the officer or officers involved is appropriate. Presiding officers and ombudsmen are selected by the county manager from lists approved by the County Commission. The ombudsman represents the public and the deceased’s family during the review.
During a review, representatives from the DA’s Office present witnesses and make a presentation of the essential facts surrounding the police-involved death.
After the prosecutors finish their presentation, the presiding officer and ombudsman may also ask questions. The procedure for questioning witnesses is informal and intended to provide the public with relevant information about the use of force. Members of the public observing the review may submit proposed written questions to the presiding officer on forms available at the review. The presiding officer may ask the proposed questions, revise them or decline to ask them if he deems them “redundant, irrelevant or an abuse of the review process,” according to County ordinance.
At the end of the review, no formal determination about the manner or cause of death is rendered.