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Former Western Michigan player shot and killed by hospital security after allegedly attacking a nurse

Nick Bromberg
·2-min read
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: A Western Michigan Broncos helmet sits on the sidelines during the MAC Championship game between the Ohio Bobcats and the Western Michigan Broncos on December 2, 2016, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jamal Williams played in 61 snaps over nine games in 2020. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Former Western Michigan defensive tackle Jamal Williams was shot and killed by a Munster Community Hospital security officer in Munster, Indiana, after he allegedly attacked a nurse. He was 22.

Williams and retired sheriff’s deputy Ryan Eskew were both killed in the shooting. Eskew, who was working security at the hospital, and his partner Benny Freeman responded to a report of Williams attacking a nurse after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Williams was in the hospital as a psychiatric patient.

Per the Lake County Sheriff’s office and the prosecutor, Williams was able to get Askew in a chokehold as the two security officers tried to subdue him after he went after the nurse. Then Freeman fired his gun at Williams and also hit Eskew. He was 59.

From ABC 7 in Chicago:

[Prosecuter Bernard Carter] said Williams then began striking Askew while keeping him in the chokehold, and Askew began to go in and out of consciousness. Nurses told investigators Askew called out to his partner.

"Askew then related to him, 'Shoot him! Shoot him!' because he saw himself being strangled to death," said Carter.

At that time, Freeman fired twice, striking Williams in the face and Askew in the arm.

The bullet traveled into Askew's chest and he died a short time later, Carter said.

Western Michigan coach Tim Lester released a statement about Williams’ death Tuesday evening.

“The loss of life is tragic,” Lester said. “Today is a sad day. Our thoughts are with everybody involved.”

Williams’ former teammates paid tribute to him on Twitter.

Williams appeared in nine games and had two tackles in 2019 after he didn’t play in a game in either 2017 or 2018. The Chicago native came to Western Michigan after transferring from College of DuPage, where he had 6.5 sacks in 2016.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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