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Woman, 92, Killed After Shooting 3 Policemen

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Woman, 92, dies in shootout with police

November 22, 2006

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Narcotics officers were justified in returning fire on a 92-year-old woman they shot to death as they tried to serve a warrant at her house, a police official said.

Neighbors and relatives said it was a case of mistaken identity. But police said the woman, identified as Kathryn Johnston, was the only resident in the house at the time and had lived there for about 17 years.

Assistant Chief Alan Dreher said the officers had a legal warrant and "knocked and announced" before they forced open the door. He said they were justified in shooting once they were fired upon.

As the plainclothes Atlanta police officers approached the house about 7 p.m. Monday, a woman inside started shooting, striking each of them, said Officer Joe Cobb, a police spokesman.

One was hit in the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder. The officers were taken to a hospital for treatment, and all three were conscious and alert, police said.

Sarah Dozier, identified as a niece of the woman, told WAGA-TV that there were never any drugs at the house.

"My aunt was in good health. I’m sure she panicked when they kicked that door down," Dozier said. "There was no reason they had to go in there and shoot her down like a dog."

The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a civil rights leader, said Johnston’s family deserves an apology.

"Of the police brutality cases we’ve had, this is the most egregious because of the woman’s age," Hutchins said.

Hutchins said he would try to meet with Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington and would also meet with lawyers.

In typical fashion, this reporting of this story is so jumbled so that we can’t understand even the basics of what happened.

Did Ms. Johnston shoot the policemen as they "approached the house" or only after they "knocked and announced and forced the door" open? It looks like the former.

One suspects the confusion in the reportage is deliberate, in order to gin up further controversy — maybe a nice race riot. (If you go to the link you can also see a video of the niece’s "fury" about the shooting.)

But even a 92 year old woman should realize that shooting policemen can get you dead.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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