According to one horrifying witness, Missouri police shot a woman five times after she tried to run away to be arrested for a suspected armed carjacking—even though she showed she was unarmed and told them she was pregnant.
“They shot him! Oh my god, they shot him!” A woman screams repeatedly in footage she filmed Friday night after she was joined by a shooting officer in Kansas City.
“What the f—k!” She gasped as she filmed the shooting woman on the ground. “Oh my god, they shot him and they’re still handcuffing him!”
Police confirmed to KCTV that 26-year-old Leona Hale was shot by officers at 8 p.m. in response to reports of armed carjacking
The male driver fled when police pulled over him — and Hale was shot as he tried to escape, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the shooting involving the officer, told the outlet.
However, the witness filming it wrote on Facebook that before turning to run, Hale “put her hand up and was talking to them that she didn’t have a weapon!!!”
The witness, who only named Shedanza, also told The Kansas City Star that Hale had refused to land only because she told police she was pregnant.
“She was about to cooperate, she got scared, she ran over there and they shot her… that’s not right!” He said in his video at the scene.
However, Shedanza said that Hale had warned that there was a gun in the car. Police later confirmed that a pistol was found nearby.
But “he didn’t take the weapon out on them,” Shedanza insisted to The Star. “He didn’t even have a stick in his hand.
“One two three four five. I remember it because it didn’t stop. He shot five times,” Shedanza told The Star.
“I remember he hit her on the ground and I froze,” she said, adding that her sons – ages one, 10 and 13 – were also deeply saddened to see it.
The Kansas City Police Department’s interim police chief, Joseph Mabin, told KCTV that his officers “never want to be in these types of situations.”
“It’s a holiday weekend. It’s a time for friends. Not a time for violence,” he told the outlet on Friday.