Friday, June 15, 2012

Woman Killed By Police After Brooklyn Car Chase

Police are investigating after a city police officer shot and killed a 23-year-old woman following a rush-hour car chase in Brooklyn.

Investigators say the woman was driving a stolen car that ran several red lights and crashed into a minivan in East Flatbush around 5:30 p.m.

Police say one officer tried to get into the passenger side of the stolen car, but was pushed backward when the woman opened the door.

They say another officer, who had his gun drawn, got in on the driver's side and tried to put the car in park with his other hand when the gun fired, hitting the woman in the chest.

Lawmakers who came to the scene expressed concern and say they want more details.

"The police have a version of what happened. The streets have a different version. That version I don't like. I'm not happy with what I'm hearing. So I'm going to wait a little while, try to gather some more information, and then figure out what the next movements are going to be," said City Councilman Jumaane Williams.

"Based on what I was told by the eyewitness, this appears to be a very questionable shooting," said State Assemblyman Nick Perry.

Police say the woman had eight prior arrests, including attempted murder, and had a suspended license.

She was out on bail and had a court hearing set for Friday.

The two officers were placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

By: NY1 News

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