A 27-year-old Akron woman was last seen by her loved ones about 9:45 p.m. Friday when she dropped her children off at a friendís house to meet up with her ex-boyfriend.

Ashley Michelle Williamsí mother reported her missing to Akron police about 7 p.m. Saturday, noting that she hadnít picked up her children and had missed work.

A half hour later, a Cuyahoga Falls man returned to his apartment to find Williams, whom he didnít know, dead from multiple stab wounds.

ďSomebodyís been in my apartment ó and I think theyíre dead,Ē Jackie Moss told a dispatcher in a frantic 911 call, fighting tears and stuttering.

What happened between when Williams dropped off her children and she was found dead remains unclear. Cuyahoga Falls and Akron police are working to link the chain of events.

Winding tale

The twisty story includes a police chase involving Marcus Coker, Williamsí ex-boyfriend, about 11:20 p.m. Friday night. Coker was driving Williamsí car and was shot in the head by an Akron officer after he refused to exit the vehicle. Coker is now at Summa Akron City Hospital with what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries and is facing charges related to the chase, according to police.

Cuyahoga Falls police say they are investigating Williamsí death as a homicide. They say they have a suspect, though no one has yet been charged.

The Summit County Medical Examinerís Office did an autopsy Monday, but hasnít ruled on the cause of Williamsí death.

Tracy Mullins, Williamsí mother, reported her daughter missing Saturday night and told police Williams hadnít been seen or heard from for nearly 24 hours. She said Williams dropped her children off at the home of her friend, Chantel Blair, about 9:45 p.m. Friday. Williams told Blair she was going to meet up with Coker, her ex-boyfriend, at an apartment complex by Samís Club, according to the missing personís report.

Blair and Mullins said they thought Coker was driving Williamsí car when he was involved in a police chase Friday night and they were concerned because they hadnít heard from Williams since she left to meet Coker, according to the report.

Shot by police

At about 11:20 p.m. Friday, Akron officers spotted a white, 2013 Volkswagen Jetta driving recklessly on East Market Street near Seiberling Street just north of Interstate 76. When police tried to pull the vehicle over, the driver refused and headed north. The car hit a parked vehicle on Arnold Avenue about 2 miles away and stopped, police say.

Police ordered the driver to step out of the car, but he didnít comply and made several movements inside the car. An officer fired a shot inside the car, striking the driver in the head, police say.

Officers could see the driver was still moving and called in a SWAT team. SWAT officers tried to negotiate with the man, but he still didnít exit the car. After about an hour, police removed the driver ó identified as Coker ó from the vehicle.

Coker was taken to the hospital. He was charged with failure to comply with the order of a police officer and fleeing and eluding.

Akron police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) are investigating the shooting. The officer who shot Coker hasnít been identified and is on paid leave.

A criminal past

At the time of the chase, Coker had warrants out for his arrest for an incident at about 11:20 a.m. Wednesday at an apartment in the 700 block of Anderson Avenue in which Coker is accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriendís home ó not Williams ó and beating up his ex-girlfriend. He is charged with burglary, disrupting public service, domestic violence and theft.

Coker, 35, of Akron, has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for burglary, robbery, drug charges and probation violations, according to court records.

Coker is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges for the domestic violence incident and car chase at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Akron Municipal Court.

In Mossí 911 call Saturday night, he sounded rattled by the gruesome discovery heíd made in his apartment. The dispatcher asked him if he knew what happened to the woman.

ďI have a friend visiting me,Ē Moss answered, crying. ďHe could be here for a few days. I donít know what happened.Ē

Moss said he hadnít been at his apartment since the day before. When the dispatcher asked Moss to touch the woman to see if she was still warm, he said he was too scared.

The Falls police only released about 2 minutes, 30 seconds of the 911 call. Police said the rest is being reviewed by police and the law department.

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705 or swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow on Twitter: @swarsmithabj and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/swarsmith.