Police fatally shoot man at Lake Winola
BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Police fatally shot a man last Wednesday night at his Lake Winola home in Wyoming County.
Members of the Tunkhannock Twp., Overfield Twp. and Meshoppen police departments and state police at Tunkhannock attempted to serve a mental health warrant on Brian Williams, 42, so he could be examined by a physician.
During the incident, Williams was alleged to have been unruly and was shot with a stun gun, before being fatally shot near Route 307 in Lake Winola.
It is unclear why Williams was shot, but one observer said that he approached police with a fireplace poker.
Williams was pronounced dead by Wyoming County Coroner Thomas Kukuchka, and an autopsy took place Thursday.
Kukuchka confirmed Saturday that the autopsy revealed that death was consistent with a man being shot but deferred further comment to the Wyoming County District Attorney’s office which he said was conducting a full investigation with the Tunkhannock barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Following the incident, State Police set up a command center Wednesday night in the Tunkhannock Borough police station where eyewitnesses to the events leading up to Williams death were interviewed.
DA Jeff Mitchell said Tuesday morning that the investigation was continuing and he would not pinpoint a time when it would be concluded.
Last Thursday the State Police issued a press release that said they were making “no further comment until the investigation is completed.”
According to Williams’ obituary, he was a Mountain Energy truck driver and a member of the Lake Winola Fire Company, where he had served as a mechanic.
Folowing a viewing Sunday night at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home a final fire company tone went out over the county’s 9-11 scanner in memory of Williams.
His funeral took place Monday.