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Police officer allows murder suspect to escape because they were friends

By Mason White 1:13 PM May 18, 2017
Tommy Leon Williams
Tommy Leon Williams
By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) A police officer betrayed the trust of the public by allowing a wanted murderer to escape during an arrest at his home, according to police in Georgia.

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 26-year-old Tommy Leon Williams, after being accused of allowing Jabari Mathis to jump out of a window of a home to evade arrest.

Williams has been charged with obstruction, violation of oath and hindering the apprehension of a criminal. If convicted, Williams faces 15 years in jail.

According to the police investigation, Mathis shot and killed 50-year-old Gary Allen Mincy, during a robbery.

When the Atlanta Police Department received information that Mathis was in a home on James P. Brawley Drive, they sent 8 officers to arrest him.

Williams was told to guard a window of the home to make sure that Mathis does not escape. However, William helped Mathis climb out of the window and escape.

Mathis was caught later that day. During questioning, Mathis told police that Williams allowed him to escape because they were friends.

Williams admitted that he allowed Mathis to escape, but he denied knowing him.