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Man turns gun on himself in roadside suicide

There are 198 comments on the Lake County Record-Bee story from Jul 28, 2009, titled Man turns gun on himself in roadside suicide. In it, Lake County Record-Bee reports that:

KELSEYVILLE An early morning vehicle pursuit Saturday ended in the suicide of Ryan Randall Williams, 25, of Kelseyville.

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Ashley Williams

Apo, AE

#1 Jul 28, 2009
Why is this in the paper!!!!!! I'm his sister and first off my brother isnt 25 so maybe you should contact the family before you put such news in your paper! Get the details correct first.
Philip Murphy

Keene, CA

#3 Jul 28, 2009
I'm sorry for your loss too, but these days when someone dies and the cops are involved we really need to hear about it through official channels, since the trust level is at an all-time low as far as LC law enforcement is concerned.

It is a bad habit to call a press release "from staff reports", either call it a press release or put a byline on it, so we'll know who muffed it when they get facts wrong (like the age of the deceased).

Again, sad deal when someone that young thinks this is the best solution, makes you wonder just where this young man took a wrong turn that put him on this course, and if there was a way to change the outcome.
Ashley Williams

Apo, AE

#4 Jul 28, 2009
Yea Johnny,,,I dont need to hear "sorry for your loss" from you. I could honestly care less how you feel about a "parolee". I'm sure your perfect in every way. I would just like for the small town lake county paper to actually get the facts straight!
Dorothy

Milton, FL

#5 Jul 28, 2009
You know i read these comments and just shake my head. Yea we all know there are bad cops we all know there are parolee's out there and we all know that the that local papers and online news get it wrong alot of the times. This kid still had a family that loved him. As you all most likely have someone in your family that is not all that great. Why dont you all read and make comments on the good stories out there. Sorry for your loss.
Paul Malley

Petaluma, CA

#6 Jul 28, 2009
Ashley, I am truly sorry for your loss, as well as the rest of the family. I am 28, and I grew up with Ryan, here in Lakeport, and he was a great friend. I could never see him taking his own life, and I am very shocked to hear this. He may have been a "parolee" but he had a big heart, and was always there for me when times were rough. Please, Lake County, get all the facts straight before rushing this to the press. We should also look forward to a follow-up report to fill in the holes in the "chase scene". If this is to be made public, lets have the whole truth, please.
Concerned

San Leandro, CA

#7 Jul 28, 2009
Ashley,
Seek counseling. I do not say that to be mean or rude. The death of a loved one can be very hard to deal with. The death of a loved one in the public eye is even harder. Words cannot take away the pain or lessen the hurt. I wish you the best.
Leanne Klier

Sunol, CA

#9 Jul 28, 2009
I am so sorry, Ashley. I've known Ryan since we were very little and considered him a good friend, despite all his problems with the law.

This is a prime example of judging someone by their police record or previous run-ins with the law. Having known Ryan as long as I have, I can also attest to him being a good friend, with a great sense of humor and a big heart.
LP Boater

San Leandro, CA

#10 Jul 28, 2009
ahjeez wrote:
A waste of money on the REACH ride. One less turd taking up taxpayers' money.
This is totally rude and uncalled for. I hope you never have to feel the pain of losing a loved one, IF you have anyone who loves you that is!
Hattie Johnson- Holaway

Fort Bragg, CA

#11 Jul 28, 2009
Well, I don't usually write comment posts online BUT this story hits home because Lakeport is my hometown and my husband & I knew of Ryan through school and mutual friends...It is very sad and I can only imagine how devistating for the family no matter what Ryan's past was as far as being a "Parolee". So EVERYONE please remember to be kind and sensitive to other's feelings while commenting, for most, about somebody and a family that you don't even know. And hopefully the family can clarify with the paper before there are any further press releases. AND,to "ahjeez",Wow...get a life and have some compassion and sympathy.
Trenia

Waterloo, IA

#13 Jul 28, 2009
Ashley Williams wrote:
Why is this in the paper!!!!!! I'm his sister and first off my brother isnt 25 so maybe you should contact the family before you put such news in your paper! Get the details correct first.
I totally agree.
I am a friend of Ryans and this should not even be in the paper.The fact that the family and friends have not even had time to greave. Were is respect for his family. You dont know him . He was such an awesome man. He had so many things going for him. He wasnt a parole running the way the police made it sound. He made a simple mistake in life like many of us do. then the stupid paper goes and runs their mouths about things they dont even have the facts on.. RRRRR.... I hate the paper and the disrespect and lack of truth. You print what u want to print and slander someones good name. Ryan was a beautiful person and i will miss him dearly. my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Hattie Johnson- Holaway

Fort Bragg, CA

#15 Jul 28, 2009
rootsfarmer wrote:
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what kind of "beautiful big-hearted person" drives around ON PAROLE with a LOADED HANDGUN? i hear hes not 25, but if he was, thats pretty young to have gotten yourself state time, gotten parole, and gotten a new VOP. and what was the VOP for, im curious? taking care of runaway puppies? i bet this guy was cranked out of his mind when this went down. of course he was....its lake county!!!
There was obviously WAY more to this story AND to Ryan's life then any of us know So why are people sitting on here criticizing him, his life and the situtation when nobody REALLY knows.... Leave and Let be for the family and for his loved one's sake. Haven't you ever lost somebody that you cared about??? It is a very hard time for everyone involved and it sounds like this is a situation that is going to be very difficult for the family to deal with. Leave all the narrow minded,judgemental and nonsensical opinions out. I take offence to the comment regarding Lake County....Get a life!!!

Since: Jul 09

Laytonville, CA

#16 Jul 28, 2009
Hattie Johnson- Holaway wrote:
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There was obviously WAY more to this story AND to Ryan's life then any of us know So why are people sitting on here criticizing him, his life and the situtation when nobody REALLY knows.... Leave and Let be for the family and for his loved one's sake. Haven't you ever lost somebody that you cared about??? It is a very hard time for everyone involved and it sounds like this is a situation that is going to be very difficult for the family to deal with. Leave all the narrow minded,judgemental and nonsensical opinions out. I take offence to the comment regarding Lake County....Get a life!!!
i agree with your compassionate stance regarding the family. as far as the LC comment, no apologies. town of clearlake is like the hills have eyes, and the .gov is so corrupt its scary. the land itself sure is beautiful tho. be nice to see what it would look like if it was still in the hands of its original owners...
pixie

Springfield, MO

#17 Jul 28, 2009
I just want to say that sometimes Lake County cops simply stop you just to stop you. Recently my bf and I were stopepd and the cop said that the car smelled like alcohol and asked if he was on parole?? I feel that he asked him if he was on parole simply b/c of his ethnicity. Lake County cops can be very judgemental.
wow r u serious

Davenport, IA

#19 Jul 28, 2009
How sad that this young man felt so desperate that he took his life. I know he was wanted but clearly the officer pushed him over the edge.... no blame to the officer, but that is clearly what happened

Clint Fitzgerald

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#20 Jul 28, 2009
Indeed it is tragic Ryan lost his life in this Hollywood feature film like scenario. I wish i knew ryan better because the only memories which stand out of him in my mind are the grief i bore when he stole my wallet with all the money i had in it ten years ago. Do not grieve.

Since: Jan 09

Battle Ground, WA

#21 Jul 28, 2009
To the Williams family, so sorry for your loss :-(

Since: Jan 09

Battle Ground, WA

#22 Jul 28, 2009
ahjeez wrote:
A waste of money on the REACH ride. One less turd taking up taxpayers' money.
Ahjeez U R SUCH A JERKoff (or would that be jerkette)!
Ryan

San Francisco, CA

#24 Jul 28, 2009
pixie wrote:
I just want to say that sometimes Lake County cops simply stop you just to stop you. Recently my bf and I were stopepd and the cop said that the car smelled like alcohol and asked if he was on parole?? I feel that he asked him if he was on parole simply b/c of his ethnicity. Lake County cops can be very judgemental.
I am a clean cut white male who drives a newer Audi. I have been pulled over in both Mendocino County and Orange County. Both times they asked if I had any outstanding warrants or was on parole. Leave the race card alone.
Laker

Ukiah, CA

#25 Jul 28, 2009
wow r u serious wrote:
How sad that this young man felt so desperate that he took his life. I know he was wanted but clearly the officer pushed him over the edge.... no blame to the officer, but that is clearly what happened
You're kidding right? What would you have the officer do? "Ok, I know this man is wanted on parole violations, but I'll let him go anyways, he's had a rough enough life."
It's a tragic ending, but don't even infer the idea that the officer had anything to do with this. Ryan obviously made some mistakes in life, and he decided to not deal with them. End of story.
Hattie Johnson- Holaway

Fort Bragg, CA

#26 Jul 28, 2009
rootsfarmer wrote:
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i agree with your compassionate stance regarding the family. as far as the LC comment, no apologies. town of clearlake is like the hills have eyes, and the .gov is so corrupt its scary. the land itself sure is beautiful tho. be nice to see what it would look like if it was still in the hands of its original owners...
I have to say I agree with you regarding the city of "Clearlake" it does leave a lot to be desired BUT that is not true about the county as a whole, my family has owned property in the area for over 70 years and still does. There are many wonderful areas, people, homes and nieghborhoods. As far as the gov. goes well, it does have of that "Good old Boy" mentality I would have to agree and yes that can be scary. Lake county is a beautiful place and people shouldn't be soo judgemental regarding the status of everyone living there.NOT EVERYONE THERE IS LIKE SOME OF THE PEOPLE SEEN IN THE CITY OF CLEARLAKE.

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