Yesterday a Golden Valley police officer shot an armed woman. I bring this story up mainly because the police are being incredibly cagey about it and have refused to release any details whatsoever:
Police said the officer had tried to stop the woman, who eventually pulled over along the median shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday on westbound Interstate 394 in Minnetonka.
“The lone occupant of the vehicle, an adult female, was in possession of a handgun and was subsequently fatally shot by the officer,” according to a statement from Golden Valley police.
At this point we don’t know why the officer shot the woman. Did she take a shot at the officer? Did the officer simply see she had a firearm and shot her on the spot? Who knows. Usually with cases like this some amount of detail is given about the events leading to the shooting but in this case we’ve received nothing. This lack of information makes it appear as though the police are trying to cover it up which is usually done to protect an officer who unjustly killed somebody.
I’m reserving no judgement at this time but I want people to be aware of this story and to pay attention to the details as they are released. It is my hope that this is not another incident of police brutality but until we know for sure I won’t rule the possibility out.