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Leonna Hale, 26, had her hands up moments before she was shot by officers in a Family Dollar store parking lot Friday night, a woman identified only as Shédanja told The Kansas City Star.
Kansas City police shot Leonna Hale five times after she told them there was a gun in the car and a man with her ran away just before 8 pm. of Friday.
Kansas city police shoot pregnant black woman, 26, five times while running from officers, witness says: Cops were responding to reports of an armed carjacking at the time
She was rushed to hospital after suffering serious injuries but was in a stable condition. The man, who was said to be her boyfriend de ella, was also taken in by medics on an unrelated medical issue.
Cops said a gun was recovered from near the car – but it was not clear if the woman had been holding it – and they had launched a full investigation while the two officers involved were put on administrative leave.
Dramatic footage shows Hale being cuffed on the ground as she started to bleed from gunshot wounds at a Family Dollar store in Kansas City.
Onlookers wailed as they repeated claims from the woman that she was pregnant, with one claiming: ‘She did not pull out a weapon on them.’
One witness called She Danja claimed she was a medical assistant and slammed officers for their handling of the incident.
She told the Kansas City Star: ‘she did not pull out a weapon on them. She did not even have a stick in her hand.’ She said the officers then fired at Hale five times.
Officers spotted the car with two suspects inside the Family Dollar Store parking lot at Sixth Avenue and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City and approached.
Horrified witnesses claimed the suspect had been trying to cooperate before she was gunned down and handcuffed on the ground as blood seeped through her white t-shirt.
But the male driver allegedly fled northeast as two officers gave chase and Hale got out of the car, telling officers there was a gun inside.
Hale was then shot by two officers and she suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital where she was listed in stable condition.
The male suspect, who has not yet been identified, was also taken to a local hospital for an unrelated medical issue.
She Danja continued, “They handcuffed her while everyone was being shot.” She said that she was originally from Louisiana and Arkansas and that she was just visiting the city.
She continued: ‘I stopped here to get gas, and my son just saw this. My one year old just saw this. My 10 year old just saw this. And my 13 year old just saw this.
She was willing to cooperate. She got scared, she ran over there, they shot her. She ran and they shot her one, two, three, four.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it was investigating the shooting, as is protocol, while the two officers involved were placed on administrative leave.
Spokesman Andy Bell said a gun “was located” near the vehicle, but would not say whether the victim was holding it at the time of the shooting, citing “intricate details that need to be investigated.”
“Everything is going to be analyzed, to be examined by our officers,” he said, noting that they will review body camera footage of the incident.
Meanwhile, Acting Police Chief Joseph Mabin told reporters the department would be fully transparent with the highway patrol as the investigation into the shooting takes place.
“We never want to be in these kinds of situations, not the public, not the police department,” he said. “Any time something like this happens, it plagues our community.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said the shooting occurred as Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) officers attempted to arrest the occupants of a car in connection to a reported armed robbery.
- Kansas City police fired at Leonna Hale five times after she told them there was a gun in the car 8pm on Friday
- Horrified witnesses claimed suspect had been trying to cooperate before she was gunned down and arrested
- She was rushed to hospital due to serious injuries but was stable – a man was in on an unrelated medical issue
- Cops said a gun was recovered from near the car and they had launched probe while officers were suspended