Grand jury: No charges in officer-involved shooting involving Ellazar Williams


A grand jury returned a no bill in the officer-involved shooting involving 19-year-old Ellazar Williams.

Police say Albany Police Detective James Olsen Olsen shot Williams near Elk Street on August 20th. Williams is now paralyzed from the chest down.

In September, the Albany Police Department cleared Olsen of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

Police say from the time officers were dispatched to the time Williams was shot was only three minutes and 25 seconds. The shooting itself took mere moments.

Detective James Olsen fired two shots, one striking Williams in what Commander Mike Basil calls the back left shoulder.

Photos show the detectives attempting to stop Williams when they spot him matching the description given in the original 911 call. The video tracks the detectives chasing him to a courtyard behind a school on Elk Street where the shooting happened moments later.

Commander Basil says it’s in that courtyard where Williams fell, exposing a 13-inch hunting knife and then picked it up, prompting the detective to fire.

Community leaders aren’t sure all the information from these short moments is available to analyze. They have been calling for answers throughout the investigation.

At the time of the shooting, detectives in the department had not yet received body camera training.

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