Leonna Hale: New Details Released About Woman Shot Multiple Times by KC Police

Leonna Hale: New Details Released About Woman Shot Multiple Times by KC Police
Leonna Hale: New Details Released About Woman Shot Multiple Times by KC Police (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/FOX4)

A 26-year-old woman from Kansas City, Kansas who was shot by police officers from Kansas City, Missouri on Friday night has been charged in connection with the incident.

Leonna M. Hale was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and misdemeanor resisting a lawful detention, according to Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker.

Hale was shot by Kansas City police officers near Sixth Street and Prospect Avenue outside a Family Dollar store. The vehicle she was driving fits the description of a vehicle involved in an armed carjacking in Kansas City, Kansas, according to the authorities.

When police conducted a vehicle check, the driver of the vehicle fled.

According to court documents, Hale exited the car from the passenger side and went to the trunk.

According to court papers, body camera footage captured Hale being told to drop the weapon and pointing it at the police before the officers fired multiple shots.

Hale was taken to a local hospital, where her status was listed as stable.

The following statement was issued by Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker:

“Some false narratives about what happened last Friday night at 6th and Prospect Avenue, unfortunately, were relied upon by some media and other sources. Our job, as prosecutors, is to remain neutral and review all evidence. Our review of body cam videos provided the actual accounting of events that night.

“Our review of the investigation revealed the defendant, although she denied having a weapon at the time of the encounter with law enforcement officers, continually displayed a weapon during her encounter with police officers and also appeared to be attempting to flee. The two officers stated that she was armed with what they believed to be a handgun. Body camera footage confirms the officers’ statements that Hale was holding a handgun. Still photos, taken from body cam footage, of this encounter also demonstrate a weapon was present and in the hands of the defendant.”



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