Family speaks out after Walworth County deputy kills inmate in hospital room

CREATED Jan 22, 2013

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ELKHORN - Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said a deputy unshackled 18-year-old Alfredo Villarreal's leg from a hospital bed so the inmate could use the bathroom. Graves said that's when the inmate attacked.

The sheriff said Villarreal punched and kicked the deputy in the face. Graves said his deputy tried to use a Taser, but it did not work.

"The deputy went to his Taser," Graves explained. "Whether it deployed, how it deployed, that's part of the investigation that I really can't comment on."

Graves said Villarreal tried to break a window with a chair and then came at the deputy with the chair. The deputy fired his handgun.

"He felt he and the people around him were in imminent danger," Graves said. "He took what he believed to be necessary action."

The confrontation happened on the second floor of the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center. The inmate was at the hospital for what the sheriff calls a 'personal medical issue.'

Villarreal was in custody for a battery conviction probation violation.

As the suspect's family plans a funeral, the anxiously await more answers.

"He was too young of a person to die so soon like that," said Villarreal's aunt, Mary Perez.

The family wants to know why the Taser did not work.

"It's just wrong for the cops to be able to use excessive force like this," said Joseph Verdick, the fiance of the suspect's sister.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether or not the use of deadly force was justified. A spokesperson for that department said she could not comment.

A spokesperson for Aurora said the incident was over before hospital staff could launch their security response plan.