Lawyer: Boston EMT facing Abington shooting charges commits suicide
A Boston emergency medical technician indicted this month on charges that he shot two brothers outside an Abington house party in September was found dead Monday of an apparent suicide, his attorney said.
Peter C. Horstmann said he spent most of Monday morning with Rhys Williams, whose emotional state seemed “nothing out of the ordinary.”
“He had a lot of hope,” Horstmann said. “This was a very defensible case.”
The 41-year-old was found dead later that day at his home in Dorchester, he said. Horstmann said he did not know how Williams killed himself, but said the death clearly appeared to be a suicide.
Williams posted a $30,000 bail and had been free since Oct. 28, Horstmann said. An article today inaccurately said Williams had just been freed on bail.
Williams had been ordered to home confinement and to wear a GPS tracking device.
Judge Thomas Connors set those and other conditions on Wednesday after Williams pleaded innocent in Brockton Superior Court to charges in an indictment from earlier this month. His next court appearance was Dec. 10.
Williams is charged with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. Authorities said Williams shot John Brinkman and Paul Brinkman on Sept. 20 on Bates Street after an all-night party nearby.
Williams, on injury leave from Boston Emergency Medical Services, began administering first aid on his victims afterward, police said.
John Brinkman, a 42-year-old lawyer who lives in Quincy, was treated and released from the hospital that day for a gunshot wound to the leg. His brother, Paul Brinkman of Hanover, was more seriously injured. The 36-year-old was in a medically induced coma in the days after the shooting. He was listed in good condition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Monday.
Police said Williams admitted to shooting the brothers and insisted he fired on them only after they tried to pull him from his parked car.
Judge Connors told Williams he would be allowed to attend the birth of his child, which was expected in the next few weeks.
The Patriot Ledger