Sarasota PD arrest convicted felon following shooting in parking lot

December 15th, 2014 by Staff

Williams, 24, is facing a variety of charges including possession of firearm by a convicted felon.

( Staff) SARASOTA – A 24-year-old convicted felon with an extensive arrest record is in trouble with the law, again.

Chanee J. Williams is facing a variety of charges including discharging a firearm in public. She was booked into Sarasota County Jail where she is being held without bond pending her first appearance before a judge.

According to a Sarasota Police Department report officers were dispatched to 1993 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way just after 9:30 pm Sunday in response to a disturbance call. When they arrived they observed a large crowd gathered behind Moore’s Grocery Store.

Just as the SPD officers arrived they heard a single gunshot erupt from the crowd. Williams was observed holding the weapon when it discharged.

When the suspect saw law enforcement she took off running north with the gun still in her hand. When the officers asked
Williams to stop she refused. The officers then saw her toss the firearm into an abandoned residential lot in the 2700 block of North Washington Court.

The suspect then dropped to the ground and was taken into custody without incident. In her possession officers found a clear bag containing marijuana. One of the officers also retrieved some discarded fully-loaded, 9-millimeter high-point, semi-automatic pistol bullets.

Williams is facing one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one count of discharging a weapon in public, one count of resisting an officer and one count of marijuana possession.

The suspect is no stranger to law enforcement with an arrest record that goes back several years. Williams has been arrested previously on 10 felony charges and has been convicted four times.

Fortunately nobody was injured during Sunday night’s shooting. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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