Man Shot & Killed By CHP Officer After Crash On I-5 Identified

The name has been released of a driver shot during an officer-involved shooting off Interstate Five at Lake Shasta. On the afternoon of May 26th witnesses reported that a 2007 Chevy Impala was being driven recklessly before it hit the wall that separates the freeway from the O’Brien Rest Area. The car then careened across both lanes, left the pavement and struck a tree, and the car and the surrounding vegetation caught fire. A witness at the rest area went to check on the driver, 24-year-old Robert Williams of Redding, and saw that he had a semi-auto handgun sitting on the passenger seat next to him. The witness called 9-1-1 and a CHP Officer in a pickup truck arrived. The witness and the officer approached the burning car, with Williams still inside, but as the officer was talking to Williams, he saw him pick up the gun. The officer and the witness took cover behind the CHP truck and the officer repeatedly ordered Williams to drop the gun as he approached them. He refused and the officer shot Williams multiple times. Williams did not fire any shots, but the officer felt he had to shoot him to protect himself and the witness. The gun Williams had was apparently stolen 4 years ago in Shasta Lake City.