Firearm charges filed against alleged shooter in South Bend killing

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

Charges have been filed following a vehicle crash and ensuing fatal shooting Saturday.

Officers were called to Portage Avenue near the Lathrop Street intersection Saturday morning at about 9:30 in response to a vehicle crash.

The girlfriend of the alleged shooter, 40-year-old Darcy Neily, told officers she had been having domestic issues with her boyfriend and had confided in 56-year-old Willie Williams, which sparked a dispute between the two.

Williams allegedly rammed Neily’s vehicle, causing it to flip. He then allegedly approached the vehicle with a metal object in his hand, causing Neily to shoot him in defense.

At this point, Neily is facing one charge of carrying a handgun without a license, which is a level 5 felony that carries a maximum six years in prison. Neily had a lengthy criminal history, including a conviction for dealing cocaine.

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