According to family members, an 83-year-old woman was shot and killed by an Altavista police officer Wednesday night. Family members tell WDBJ7 that Delma Towler called police because she thought someone was breaking into her home on 10th Street. Relatives say the 83-year-old was wandering behind her house. WDBJ7 has learned Delma may have fired a gunshot through her back door. She then left her house and tried to walk through her backyard to the home of her sister who, lives two doors away. Delma got all the way to her sister's back porch and that's when family members say she was shot by a police officer.
Originally posted by Dizrael
S&F this s#it is getting out of hand.
i understand sometimes in the line of duty they need to use lethal force. but really? not everyone is a threat.
A spokeswoman from the Virginia State Police says Altavista Police Officers made several attempts to determine if anyone was inside Delma Towler's home and then heard shots fired from inside. Officers took cover and watched her leave the house with a gun in her hand. They followed her as she walked up to another home. They approached Towler, and commanded her repeatedly to put down her gun. Officers say she refused and pointed her weapon at them. She was then shot and died at the scene.
Originally posted by VariableConstant
Not many details in the report, so no way to know what really happened here.
Still, hard to imagine a scenario in which the 83 year old homeowner deserved to be gunned down. I was taught from an early age to be certain of your target before pulling the trigger. Surely the officer did not know he was shooting an elderly woman, so why open fire without knowing what he was shooting at?
Originally posted by RealSpoke Don't they have to be in immediate danger in order to shoot them?