According to a press release issued by the Stafford County Sheriff’s Department, Avery Willis lost more than his shoes during a police “bare” foot pursuit. Willis also lost the race with deputies as he fled the scene of a domestic disturbance. Police chased him after he fled and resisted arrest. After losing his shoes he stumbled and this gave police a chance to employ a taser to subdue him.
Stafford Police wrote, “A wanted subject was able to escape his shoes, but not Stafford deputies, during a foot pursuit through an apartment complex yesterday afternoon.”
According to the release, on November 28th at 1:41 p.m. Deputy A.W. Sypolt and Deputy M.E. Gordon responded to an unknown problem on Cynthia’s Place in England Run Apartments.
A witness reported an argument in the parking lot between a male and a female, and the female had locked herself in the car. Dispatchers could hear the verbal altercation in the background during the call.
After arriving, deputies separated the pair and identified the male as Avery Willis, 21, of Fredericksburg.
Willis continued to clench his fists, punch himself and raise his voice.
Additional deputies were requested as it was learned Willis was wanted out of Chesterfield and he continued to make statements indicating violence.
First Sergeant W.T. Johnson arrived and deputies attempted to take Willis into custody. Willis tensed up and shucked his arms to free himself from the grasp of deputies. First Sgt. Johnson believed Willis was preparing to assault the deputies and a taser was deployed but the taser was unsuccessful and Willis fled on foot.
As Willis fled, he lost his shoes, causing him to stumble. He then fell trying to navigate around a parked car. Deputies again attempted to take Willis into custody, but he continued to resist their efforts. A deployment of the taser ended the struggle and Willis was handcuffed.
Willis was charged with obstruction of justice and fleeing from law enforcement and the warrant for probation violation from Chesterfield was served.
There were no charges associated with the argument with the female in the parking lot.
Willis was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail.