Family and friends are mourning a Virginia teen that was killed last weekend while trying to protect his mother during a domestic violence incident, according to news reports.
Jaishaun Williams, 15, died after he was shot while defending his mother, Renita Wells, from his stepfather, Derrell Williams, inside their Henrico County, Va. home.
Williams was arrested on unrelated traffic and drug charges, but police did confirm that they were not searching for any other suspects. He was arrested an hour after the incident occurred when a state trooper spotted him driving erratically on a highway.
“[The] trooper initiated a traffic stop with his lights and siren, and the violator car immediately accelerated up to 130 miles an hour, to attempt to elude,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson told WTVR. “[Williams] turned off his headlights and approached another vehicle. [Williams] immediately swerved to miss the upcoming vehicle and then lost control, spinning out on the roadway. Once the car came to rest, [Williams] ran on foot leaving his vehicle in drive forcing it into an embankment around the 217 mile marker.”
Police said they found cocaine and a handgun in his car. He was arraigned on charges including eluding police, possession of drugs and gun charges.
Wells’ family say that there was a history of domestic violence between the couple: “I just told her the other day to get a restraining order on him because she was afraid,” Renita’s mother Rachelle Wells said.
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