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

On Friday, Kansas City police shot a black woman who was believed to have been pregnant multiple times while searching for a stolen vehicle.

Authorities said officers in two cars were responding to a call about an armed carjacking just before 8 p.m. Friday, after dispatchers provided officers with a description of the vehicle and license plate.

Officers then apparently spotted the vehicle with two suspects inside in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store on Sixth and Prospect Avenues in Kansas City, and approached it.

At that point, authorities say, the driver fled northeast as two officers chased him, and Leonna Hale, 26, got out of the car and allegedly told officers there was a gun in the car.

Two officers shot Hale, authorities say, and she was seriously injured and taken to a local hospital – where she is believed to be in stable condition.

Leonna Hale, 26, was seen with bloodstains on her shirt as a Kansas City police officer handcuffed her on Friday night

Hale appeared to be lying in a pool of blood as officers handcuffed her

Hale appeared to be lying in a pool of blood as officers handcuffed her

Authorities say two officers shot Hale while investigating a carjacking

Authorities say two officers shot Hale while investigating a carjacking

Video taken by a nearby witness showed her lying on the ground in a pool of blood as other officers arrived on the scene – and one of them handcuffed her.

The woman who took the video, who only identified herself as Shedanja to the Kansas City Star, said Hale had her hands up and informed officers at the scene that she was pregnant before they shot.

The male suspect, who has not yet been named, was also taken to a local hospital for an unrelated medical issue, KCTV reports.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is currently investigating the shooting, as an outside agency is expected to investigate shootings involving officers and, FOX 4 reports, the two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

Shedanja was buying gas and ice cream nearby when the shooting happened, she told the Kansas City Star.

She said she first heard officers yelling “Get out of the car” at two people who were in the vehicle parked next to hers, and the driver fled before Hale got out of her conveys hands in the air.

Officers then approached Hale and allegedly told her to get down, but she replied that she was pregnant and could not lie down.

Still, Shedanja said, the police asked him to get off several times.

Hale later responded that there was a gun in the vehicle, Shedanja told the Star, and she began backing towards a fence in the parking lot.

It was then, Shedanja said, that police officers approached her with their guns drawn.

“She didn’t pull a gun on them,” Shedanja recalled to the Star. ‘She didn’t even have a stick in her hand.

She said officers then shot Hale five times.

“One, two, three, four five,” Shedanja said. “I remember it because it didn’t stop. They fired five times.

“I remember seeing her hit the ground and I froze.”

A witness, who only identified herself as Shedanja, said Hale had her hands up and ran three paces before she was shot.

A witness, who only identified herself as Shedanja, said Hale had her hands up and ran three paces before she was shot.

Shedanja said Hale had no weapon on her when officers fired

Shedanja said Hale had no weapon on her when officers fired

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

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

She could apparently be seen crawling after being injured in the shooting

She could apparently be seen crawling after being injured in the shooting

In the aftermath, Shedanja decided to take video showing Hale on the ground with blood on his shirt as cops surrounded him and closed the parking lot.

One of the officers appeared to handcuff Hale as she lay on the ground and tried to crawl away.

“They handcuffed her while they shot her,” Shedanja says in the video, explaining that she’s from Louisiana and Arkansas and was just visiting town when the scene broke. is unfolded.

“I stopped here to fill up on gas, y’all, and my son just watched this. My one-year-old just watched this! My 10-year-old just watched this! And my 13 year old just watched this.

“She was about to cooperate,” Shedanja says of Hale. “She got scared, she ran over there, they shot her.”

“She ran and they shot her one, two, three, four.”

The cops soon tell Shedanja to leave the scene, but she replies that her sons are still in the store buying ice cream.

Shedanja then shared the video on Facebook, writing, “When she got out of the car she put her hands up and spoke to them to show she didn’t have a gun in her hand!!! ran away three paces away when she was afraid they were all coming at her with guns in their faces.

“That’s when she was shot multiple times,” Shedanja wrote, adding, “Don’t forget they chased her [boyfriend] who jumped out of the vehicle and he was captured unharmed…while she was left there on the street literally still near the vehicle she got out of.

“I’m literally in shock the whole video!” she wrote. “I’m a full-fledged paramedic, and that’s literally not how you handle a gunshot victim who’s pregnant.”

Police remained at the Family Dollar parking lot on Friday evening

Police remained at the Family Dollar parking lot on Friday evening

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell said a gun was found near the vehicle, but did not verify whether Hale had the gun on her when officers fired.

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell said a gun was found near the vehicle, but did not verify whether Hale had the gun on her when officers fired.

Andy Bell, a Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman, later informed reporters at the scene that a weapon “was located” near the vehicle, but did not say whether the victim was holding it. time of the shooting, citing “intricate details”. that must be followed.

“Everything is going to be analyzed, reviewed by our officers,” he said, noting that they will review body camera footage of the incident.

Meanwhile, Acting Police Chief Joseph Mabin told reporters the department would be fully transparent with highway patrol during the investigation into the shooting.

“We never want to be in those kinds of situations – neither the public nor the police department,” he said. “Every time something happens like this, it’s a blight on our community.”

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