Yahoo News is reporting Tuesday night that Jeffrey Williams, the suspect arrested and charged with shooting two police officers during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., last week, has recanted his confession, which was made while he was he was “in a tremendous amount of pain,” says his attorney, Jerryl T. Christmas.

Christmas says Williams, 20, was pistol whipped by police before being interrogated. “I think under those circumstances he would have said anything,” Christmas told Yahoo News.