Family of Armed Robber Still Outraged He was Shot by Customer

"I am not going to be a victim."


Dante Williams tried to rob a Waffle House in South Carolina at gunpoint. But he wasn't the only one with a gun. A customer stood his ground and sent Dante off to an inferno.

But over the years Dante's family has never stopped demanding "justice". Unfortunately for them a video of the shooting was just released.

Nineteen-year-old Dante Williams' family said there is no doubt he entered the Waffle House in Chesnee back in January of 2012 intent on robbing it, but they say he didn't have to die.

FOX Carolina obtained surveillance video from inside the Waffle House that investigators said shows Williams and his accomplice Jawan Craig come into the restaurant. Deputies said Williams is the one seen pointing a gun and demanding money.

Sitting at the bar area of the restaurant was Justin Harrison, a concealed weapon permit holder, who was armed the night of the robbery.

"They're yelling 'everybody get down, get down' and I'm not getting on the floor. I am not going to be a victim," Harrison said.

The video shows Williams, gun by his side, walk back toward Harrison, who stands up and fires several shots killing Williams almost instantly.

The video then shows Harrison trying to hold Craig at gunpoint. But Craig tries grabbing Harrison's gun and after a struggle Craig escapes.

But that still isn't good enough for Dante's family.

Tamika McSwain is Williams' cousin and said more training is needed before someone is given a CWP. McSwain said the video contradicts statements made by Harrison about what happened the night of the robbery, and said if Harrison had been bettered trained he may not have fired the fatal shots.

McSwain said her family was disappointed that Harrison wasn't charged in the shooting and says her family is still considering pursuing other legal action against him.

But McSwain said her cousin's death shows that more training is need for CWP holders.

More training to do what? The armed robber died and no one else did.

Wright was also questioned by Mundy Woodruff, the father of Dante Williams, who was shot and killed in January. Deputies said Williams was shot while he was attempting to rob a Waffle House at gunpoint. Wright told News 4 that the customer tried to hold Williams while waiting for deputies to arrive. Woodruff said he watched surveillance video of the incident and disputed the sheriff's version of events.

"As (the shooter) got out of his seat, as he stepped, he was shooting. He never said, 'Stop.' He never said, 'Hold up.' He never called anyone, so I want to know how y'all can sit here and say that he was trying to hold someone," Woodruff said.

"I want to hear the story correct because that was my child. He didn't have the right to take my child from me," Woodruff said.

You don't shout stop at an armed robber. Not unless you've got a whole lot more backup.