DeKalb County police say Carl Williams killed a 21-year-old woman at a Decatur apartment complex Saturday morning.
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office

Man calls 911 after woman’s fatal shooting, says it was an accident

A man accused of killing a 21-year-old woman inside a Decatur apartment Saturday morning called 911 after the shooting, DeKalb County police said. 

Carl Williams, 23, and the woman lived at an apartment complex in the 200 block of Glen Hollow Lane, DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email. The woman’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

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“Investigators believe there was some kind of physical altercation between the two before the shooting,” Robertson said. 

Williams called 911 about 10:30 a.m. Saturday after the shooting, police said. Investigators walked into the apartment and found the woman “with an obvious head injury” and “no signs of life,” according to the report. 

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But Williams, according to arrest warrants, said the two were playing with a gun and he accidentally shot her. 

Williams also told authorities he threw the gun in a creek, according to the warrant. Officials later found the weapon. 

Police found and detained Williams, who remains in the DeKalb County jail without bond.

No one else was in the apartment at the time, but detectives said a roommate arrived after they were already on the scene.  

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