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‘Pregnant’ black woman is shot FIVE TIMES by Kansas City police who were looking for stolen car

Kansas City police shot a black woman who was reportedly pregnant a number of occasions as they searched for a stolen automobile on Friday.

Authorities say officers in two automobiles were following up on a name about an armed carjacking simply earlier than 8pm on Friday, after dispatchers offered the officers with a  description of the automobile and license plate.

The officers then apparently noticed the automobile with two suspects inside on the car parking zone of a Family Dollar retailer at Sixth and Prospect Avenues in Kansas City, and approached it.

At that time, authorities say, the male driver fled northeast as two officers pursued, and 26-year-old Leonna Hale stepped out of the car and allegedly informed officers there was a gun within the car.

Two officers proceeded to fireside at Hale, authorities say, and she or he suffered critical accidents and was taken to a neighborhood hospital – the place she is reportedly in steady situation.

Leonna Hale, 26, was seen with blood stains on her shirt as a Kansas City Police officer handcuffed her on Friday night time

Hale gave the impression to be laying in a pool of blood because the officers handcuffed her

Authorities say two officers shot at Hale whereas investigating a carjacking

Video taken by a witness close by confirmed her mendacity on the bottom in a pool of blood as extra officers arrived on the scene – and one handcuffed her. 

The woman who took the video, who solely recognized herself as Shedanja to the Kansas City Star, stated Hale had her palms up and knowledgeable the officers on the scene that she was pregnant earlier than they shot.

The male suspect, who has not but been named, in the meantime, was additionally delivered to a neighborhood hospital for an unrelated medical challenge, KCTV stories.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is now investigating the capturing, because it is protocol for an outdoor company to analyze officer-involved shootings and, FOX 4 stories, the 2 officers concerned within the capturing have been positioned on administrative depart.

Shedanja was getting fuel and ice cream close by when the capturing occurred, she informed the Kansas City Star.

She stated she first heard officers yelling ‘Get out of the car’ to 2 individuals who were within the automobile parked subsequent to hers, and the male driver fled earlier than Hale exited her automobile together with her palms up.

Officers then approached Hale and reportedly informed her to get on the bottom, however she responded that she was pregnant, and couldn’t lie on the bottom.

Still, Shedanja stated, police requested her to get down a number of occasions.

Hale later replied that there was a gun within the automobile, Shedanja informed the Star, and she or he began backing towards a fence within the car parking zone.

That’s when, Shedanja stated, officers approached her with their weapons drawn.

‘She didn’t pull out a weapon on them,’ Shedanja recalled to the Star. ‘She didn’t also have a stick in her hand.’

She stated the officers then fired at Hale 5 occasions.

‘One, two, three, 4 5,’ Shedanja recounted. ‘I bear in mind it as a result of it did not cease. They shot 5 occasions.’

‘I bear in mind seeing her hit the bottom and I froze.’

One witness, who solely recognized herself as Shedanja, stated Hale had her palms up and ran three steps away earlier than she was shot

Shedanja stated Hale didn’t have a weapon on her when the officers shot

Shedanja took a video of the aftermath exhibiting Hale mendacity on the bottom exterior the Family Dollar retailer at Sixth and Prospect Avenues in Kansas City

She could possibly be seen apparently crawling after she was injured within the capturing

In the aftermath, Shedanja determined to take a video exhibiting Hale on the bottom with blood on her shirt as cops surrounded her and closed off the car parking zone.

One of the officers appeared to handcuff Hale as she lay on the bottom and tried crawling.

‘They bought her in handcuffs whereas they shot her y’all,’ Shedanja says within the video, explaining that she is initially from Louisiana and Arkansas and is simply visiting town when the scene unfolded.

‘I finished right here to get some fuel, y’all, and my son simply watched this. My one-year-old son simply watched this! My 10-year-old son simply watched this! And my 13-year-old son simply watched this.

‘She was fixing to cooperate,’ Shedanja says of Hale. ‘She bought scared, she ran down there, they shot her.’

‘She ran they usually shot at her one, two, three, 4.’

Cops quickly inform Shedanja to depart the premises, however she replies that her sons are nonetheless within the retailer getting ice cream.

Shedanja later shared the video to Facebook, writing: ‘When she bought out the car she put her palms up and was speaking to them to point out she did not have a weapon in her hand!!! She did run three steps away when she bought scared at all of them coming in direction of her with weapons in her face.

‘That’s when she was shot that many occasions,’ Shedanja wrote, including: ‘Keep in thoughts, they chased her [boyfriend] who jumped out of the automobile and he was captured unhurt … whereas she was left there on the street actually nonetheless close to the automobile she bought out of.

‘I’m actually in shock the entire video!’ she wrote. ‘I’m an entire medical assistant, and it is actually not the way you deal with a gunshot sufferer who’s pregnant.’

Police remained on the scene of the Family Dollar car parking zone Friday night

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell stated a gun was discovered close to the automobile, however wouldn’t confirm if Hale had the gun on her when the officers shot

Andy Bell, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, later knowledgeable reporters on the scene {that a} gun ‘was situated’ close to the automobile, however wouldn’t say whether or not the sufferer was holding it on the time of the capturing, citing ‘intricate particulars that should be adopted up on.

‘Everything’s going to be analyzed, to be scrutinized by our officers,’ he stated, noting that they may review physique digicam footage from the incident.

Interim Police Chief Joseph Mabin, in the meantime, informed reporters that the division can be totally clear with the freeway patrol because the capturing investigation is performed.

‘We by no means wish to be in most of these conditions – not the general public, not the police division,’ he stated. ‘Anytime something occurs like this, it is a blight on our neighborhood.’