By Lee Brown
Missouri cops shot a woman five times as she tried to flee her arrest for a suspected armed carjacking — even though she had shown that she was unarmed and told them that she was pregnant, according to a horrified witness.
“They shot her! Oh my God, they shot her!” a woman repeatedly cried out in footage she filmed in the aftermath of Friday night’s officer-involved shooting in Kansas City.
“What the f–k!” she gasped as she filmed the shot woman on the ground. “Oh my God, they shot her and they still putting her in handcuffs!”
Police confirmed to KCTV that Leonna Hale, 26, was shot by officers responding to reports of an armed carjacking at 8 p.m.
The male driver fled when cops pulled him over — and Hale was shot as she also tried to flee, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the officer-involved shooting, told the outlet.
Kansas City Police Department shot an unarmed Black woman 5 times. Eyewitnesses say the woman had her hands up.
The police handcuffed her while she was bleeding out on the pavement.
The woman has been identified as 26-year-old Leonna Hale. https://t.co/MN336xAZXo
— The Kansas City Defender (@KCDefender) May 29, 2022
However, the witness who filmed it wrote on Facebook that before turning to run, Hale had “put her hands up and was talking to them to show she didn’t have a weapon in her hand!!!”
The witness, who only gave the name Shédanja, also told the Kansas City Star that Hale had only refused to get on the ground because she told cops that she was pregnant.
“She was gonna cooperate, she got scared, she ran down there and they shot her … it ain’t right!” she exclaimed in her video at the scene.
Leonna Hale, 26, was shot by officers responding to reports of an armed carjacking at 8 p.m.Facebook / Shé Danja
The victim was reportedly unarmed.Faebook / Shé Danja
Shédanja did, however, say that Hale had warned that there was a gun in the car. Police later confirmed that a handgun was found nearby.
But “she did not pull out a weapon on them,” Shédanja insisted to the Star. “She did not even have a stick in her hand.
“One, two, three, four, five. I remember it because it didn’t stop. They shot five times,” Shédanja told the Star.
“I remember seeing her hit the ground and I froze,” she said, adding her sons — ages 1, 10 and 13 — were all traumatized from seeing it, too.
The Kansas City Police Department’s interim police chief, Joseph Mabin, told KCTV that his officers “never want to be in these type of situations.”
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