Homewood Police respond to teen death
By Melanie Posey
HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Homewood police give their account of how a Birmingham teen died while in their custody. The incident happened around 1:00 Sunday morning. Lt. Ken Atkinson of the Homewood Police Department says that's when an officer saw three teens breaking into cars in the parking lot of Herzing College on West Valley Avenue. Atkinson says the officer radioed for backup and then tried to apprehend the teens. He says two fled, but 17-year old William Owens resisted arrest and that's when the officer tasered him. "After a continued struggle, the officer cuffed the suspect who for unknown reasons became unconscious and collapsed," Atkinson says. Williams was transported to UAB Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The family says they only learned of William's death after officers came to their home and started asking if Williams had diabetes or heart disease. "And when he got through asking about his health, that's when he told me he was dead," says Carolyn Williams….Williams grandmother. As for the other two boys, Quadarius and Derrick Harrison, they face charges of breaking and entering a vehicle.