Footage Shows Police Officer Shoot 17-Year-Old Girl
New bodycam footage has been released that shows the moment a police officer shot a 17-year-old girl that is seen running towards him with a knife.
ABC News reports that the incident happened on May 3 after the Oxnard Police Department received numerous calls about a disturbed female brandishing a kitchen knife.
In the video, Officer Timothy Roberts is seen arriving at the location where the girl was.
“Why is someone calling saying you’re waving a knife around?” Roberts asks.
The girl then lifts her shirt to show the knife.
“Don’t reach for the knife,” Roberts says. “Sit right down on the curb.”
“Why, what happens if I reach for it?” she asks.
Roberts then responds that “something bad is going to happen.”
The girl continues to walk towards the officer as she reaches for the knife.
“Come on, shoot me,” the girl says as she walks toward the officer. “I’ve been waiting all day.”
Roberts tells the girl to stop and put the knife away, but she begins to run towards him. He then fires three shots and the girl falls to the ground.
As officers start to give her first aid, she begins to apologize. The girl is in critical, but, stable condition at the hospital. Officer Roberts is on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.
“The purpose of the video is to share information with our community about what happened that morning,” Police Chief Scott Whitney said in a statement.
Investigators say they found “evidence that supports the position that the female deliberately intended to be shot by an officer.”