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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 car on Friday.

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

The officers then apparently noticed the car 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 instructed officers there was a gun within the car.

Two officers proceeded to fireside at Hale, authorities say, and he or she suffered severe 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

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

Hale seemed to be laying in a pool of blood as the officers handcuffed her

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

Authorities say two officers shot at Hale while investigating a carjacking

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 arms 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 dropped at a neighborhood hospital for an unrelated medical challenge, KCTV studies.

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

Shedanja was getting fuel and ice cream close by when the taking pictures occurred, she instructed the Kansas City Star.

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

Officers then approached Hale and reportedly instructed 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 car, Shedanja instructed the Star, and he or she 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 actually 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 only identified herself as Shedanja, said Hale had her hands up and ran three steps away before she was shot

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

Shedanja said Hale did not have a weapon on her when the officers shot

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

Shedanja took a video of the aftermath showing Hale lying on the ground outside the Family Dollar store at Sixth and Prospect Avenues in Kansas City

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

She could be seen apparently crawling after she was injured in the shooting

She might be seen apparently crawling after she was injured within the taking pictures

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 obtained 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 obtained scared, she ran down there, they shot her.’

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

Cops quickly inform Shedanja to go away 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 obtained out the car she put her arms up and was speaking to them to indicate she did not have a weapon in her hand!!! She did run three steps away when she obtained scared at all of them coming in the 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 car and he was captured unhurt … whereas she was left there on the street actually nonetheless close to the car she obtained 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 parking lot Friday evening

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

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell said a gun was found near the vehicle, but would not verify if Hale had the gun on her when the officers shot

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell stated a gun was discovered close to the car, 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 positioned’ close to the car, however wouldn’t say whether or not the sufferer was holding it on the time of the taking pictures, citing ‘intricate particulars that must be adopted up on.

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

Interim Police Chief Joseph Mabin, in the meantime, instructed reporters that the division can be absolutely clear with the freeway patrol because the taking pictures investigation is performed.

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

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