Dramatic video shows arrest of man accused of killing Hutto officer


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Jurors see video of Hutto police officer Michael Moehring arresting Colby Williamson.

After his arrest, video shows, Williamson asked if the officer who had been struck was OK.

Video from a patrol car played Tuesday in a Williamson County state District Court showed Hutto police officer Michael Moehring yelling commands at Colby Williamson before arresting him in 2015 on a Hutto street.

The video was shown during the first day of Williamson’s trial. He is accused of running over and killing Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley, 38, with the officer’s patrol car on June 24, 2015. Williamson, 29, is charged with first-degree murder and faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted.

The video was taken moments after Kelley was run over.

“Hit the dirt,” Moehring says with his gun drawn as he approaches Williamson in the 100 block of Lucy Cove in Hutto. “I will shoot your ass if you make one move. I will shoot you. Do you understand?”

Williamson, who could only be heard on the video at that point but not seen, says, “Well, I don’t care. Shoot me, shoot me because I’m having a (expletive) heart attack.”

The video later shows Moehring and Sgt. Conor Mitchell, who arrived a few moments later, escorting a handcuffed Williamson to a patrol car. While they were sitting in the patrol car, Williamson asks how Kelley is doing. “Please tell me he’s all right,” Williamson says. “Is he OK?”

The video also caught the sound of Moehring crying after the arrest because of what had happened to Kelley.

RELATED: Hutto grieves Chris Kelley, city’s first officer killed in line of duty

Other witnesses who testified Tuesday filled in the timeline of how the event unfolded. Alex Arnold, who was a tow truck driver living in Hutto in 2015, said he knew Williamson because Williamson had sold methamphetamine to him.

Arnold said he had let Williamson drive a Mitsubishi that Arnold owned and that Williamson sped away from a police officer on FM 1660 on the day the sergeant was killed. Williamson then crashed into a fire hydrant in a front yard on Herrera Trail, said Moehring, who also testified he saw Williamson running away from the car.

Mitchell testified that he arrived with another officer to help Moehring but heard on their radio that an officer was down on Decker Drive and went to help. He said as he rounded a corner onto Decker Drive he saw Kelley bent over the seat of the driver’s side door of his patrol car and then realized Kelley was fighting with someone.

“Hands were going all over the place and then the suspect got in the car with the door still open, Kelley fell to the ground and then the car ran over him,” said Mitchell.

RELATED: Colleagues witnessed Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley’s death, affidavit says

Mitchell said Williamson drove about 200 yards in the patrol car before jumping out and running away. Mitchell said he saw Williamson jumping fences and later helped Moehring arrest him.

A neighbor who lives on Decker Drive, Santana Garcia, testified he saw Williamson and Kelley struggling and then saw Williamson jump in the patrol car. Kelley got in the car and began struggling with Williamson and then Williamson put the car in reverse and it spun around, said Garcia. Kelley then lost his grip and fell backward and the car ran over him, Garcia said.

Prosecutor Dee McWilliams said in opening statements Tuesday that Williamson was running away from police officers because he had a suspended driver’s license. He also said Williamson crushed Kelley’s skull when he ran over him.

Defense attorney Joe James Sawyer said the 11 fractures to Kelley’s skull were caused when the officer hit the ground during the struggle with Williamson. Sawyer said Kelley had a tire tread mark on one of his legs.

Outside the courtroom, District Attorney Shawn Dick said Williamson was not charged with capital murder because authorities don’t think he intentionally tried to kill the officer. Williamson was committing another felony when Kelley was killed, Dick said.

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