Broward County

Police identify man who died after being sprayed. Now, they’re looking for relatives.

Thomas Williams, 34, is shown in a mugshot from last year when he was picked up on a charge of driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.
Thomas Williams, 34, is shown in a mugshot from last year when he was picked up on a charge of driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.

Fort Lauderdale police identified the man who died Saturday after behaving bizarrely and tussling with cops as Thomas Williams, a 34-year-old from Fort Lauderdale.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is continuing its investigation into Williams’ death. Fort Lauderdale police’s account was that officers working an event at Carter Park were told of a man acting strangely. They found Williams standing in the middle of busy West Sunrise Boulevard. Williams fought their attempts to take him into custody under the Baker Act, so they used what they called “non-lethal subject control spray” on him.

After police got Williams to Broward General Medical Center, he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner has not determined a cause of death.

No next of kin has been found. Anyone who knows Williams or his relatives is asked to call Fort Lauderdale police at 954-828-5534.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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