All I can say about this guy is WOW! Here we have a total nutcase, a real Insane Mind.
I saw this on the news this weekend, this was a bonafied shootout between this guy and the cops. According to what I”ve read he was on a mission to kill people but fortunately was stopped before he could kill anyone.
Convicted felon Byron Williams loaded up his mother’s Toyota Tundra with guns, strapped on his body armor and headed to San Francisco on Sunday with one thing in mind: to kill workers at the ACLU and an environmental foundation, prosecutors say.
Williams, an anti-government zealot on parole for bank robbery, had hoped to “start a revolution” with the bloodshed at the ACLU and the Tides Foundation in San Francisco, authorities said.
Yes he was wearing body armor, loaded for bear and was on his way to San Francisco to shoot liberals and liberal attorneys. Now I’m not generally fond of either but this is way over the top nutty. You’d think with all this going on he would have been driving like the Little Old Lady from Pasadena, but, no, this guy wasn’t that smart.
But before he made it to the city, Williams was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers for speeding and driving erratically on westbound Interstate 580 west of Grand Avenue in Oakland.
Police say he then initiated a chaotic, 12-minute gunbattle with officers, firing a 9mm handgun, a .308-caliber rifle and a shotgun. He reloaded his weapons when he ran out of ammunition and stopped only after officers shot him in areas of his body not covered by his bullet-resistant vest, authorities said.
Here’s the shoot out if you want to watch. There are some other versions on YouTube.
I saw the pickup truck on the news the day after. It looked like it was a World War II relic, the cops definitely pumped some lead into it.
I think he’s been watching to many movies about Charles Manson, he wanted to start a revolution. Was he perhaps listening to the Beatles too much? Perhaps “Happiness is a Warm Gun?”
He probably will never get out of jail or if he does he’ll be very elderly by then as California has a 3 strikes law and he’s already had 2.
The complaint accuses Williams of trying to kill CHP officers Vincent Herrick, Richard Coward, Ty Frankin and Todd Owen. Williams was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing ammunition. He also faces enhancements for firing a gun and wearing body armor.
According to the Contra Costa Times newspaper article in todays’ paper, the police think this may be part of a larger plot and may be knocking on other doors with search warrants in hand.
Only time will tell if he was a lone wolf or part of a larger organized plot to start a revolution.
I hope this doesn’t star the gun-control nuts going. I get real sick and tired of hearing them rant every time some nut shoots people. What they never seem to want to admit is this guy’s a 2 time convicted felon and if he had any guns he obtained them illegally and no gun control law(s) would have stopped him. Believe me, there are more than enough gun control laws in California already, but it’s real funny how they just never seem to stop convicted felons and gang-bangers from getting guns.
Photo and Article Source: SF Gate