EVERETT, Wash. -- A 59-year-old man was walked into the Snohomish County jail accused of shoplifting, but he never walked out. Bill Williams of Snohomish County died after a struggle with Corrections staff.

The case has been under review for months, but on Friday Williams' family members received new information from a report by the medical examiner.

The medical examiner found that Williams died of cardiopulmonary arrest resulting from the altercation with Corrections staff. The manner of death is listed as homicide in the report.

The spokesperson for the Snohomish County jail declined to comment due to an ongoing investigation.

Officer Aaron Snell with the Everett police department said a task force of detectives will evaluate the case and turn in a report to the Prosecutor. The Prosecutor will decide how to proceed.

They will determine if there's any sort of charges that need to be filed in the future, said Ofc. Snell.

Bill Williams' son, Jeffery, said he needs answers about how his dad died.

I think what is terrible is he died alone and in pain surrounded by people who didn't care about him, said Jeffery.

According to Everett police, Williams was arrested for shoplifting on September 14, 2012. At the jail he reportedly became combative with Corrections staff. Williams was tased twice, placed in a cell, and found dead a short time later, according to police.

Kate Dahlstedt said her brother had suffered for years from mental illness, and recently had not been taking his medication for his bi-polar disorder.

My brother died unnecessarily, said Dahlstedt. We just feel that there needs to be a full investigation.

Ofc. Snell said detectives should be finished with their report soon, and it will be forwarded it to the Prosecutor's office.
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