Unarmed pregnant woman shot 5 times by cops while fleeing suspected carjacking: reports

Missouri cops shot a woman five times as she tried to flee her arrest for a suspected armed carjacking — even though she had shown that she was unarmed and told them that she was pregnant, according to a horrified witness.

“They shot her! Oh my God, they shot her!” a woman repeatedly cried out in footage she filmed in the aftermath of Friday night’s officer-involved shooting in Kansas City.

“What the f–k!” she gasped as she filmed the shot woman on the ground. “Oh my God, they shot her and they still putting her in handcuffs!”

Police confirmed to KCTV that Leonna Hale, 26, was shot by officers responding to reports of an armed carjacking at 8 p.m.

She was taken to a hospital with serious injuries but was later listed in stable condition, officials told the local outlet. 

A witness said a woman had her hands up moments before she was shot.

The male driver with her had fled when cops pulled him over — and Hale was shot as she also tried to flee, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the officer-involved shooting, told the outlet.

However, the witness who filmed it wrote on Facebook that before turning to run, Hale had “put her hands up and was talking to them to show she didn’t have a weapon in her hand!!!”

The witness, who only gave the name Shédanja, also told the Kansas City Star that Hale had only refused to get on the ground because she told cops that she was pregnant.

Leonna Hale, 26, was shot by officers responding to reports of an armed carjacking at 8 p.m..
Leonna Hale, 26, was shot by officers responding to reports of an armed carjacking at 8 p.m.
The victim was reportedly unarmed.
The victim was reportedly unarmed.

“She was gonna cooperate, she got scared, she ran down there and they shot her … it ain’t right!” she exclaimed in her video at the scene.

Shédanja did, however, say that Hale had warned that there was a gun in the car. Police later confirmed that a handgun was found nearby.

But “she did not pull out a weapon on them,” Shédanja insisted to the Star. “She did not even have a stick in her hand.

"They shot her! Oh my God they shot her!" a woman repeatedly cried out in footage.
“They shot her! Oh my God, they shot her!” a woman repeatedly cried out in the footage.
Footage shows the woman curled up on the ground with blood on her shirt.
Footage shows the woman curled up on the ground with blood on her shirt.

“One, two, three, four, five. I remember it because it didn’t stop. They shot five times,” Shédanja told the Star.

“I remember seeing her hit the ground and I froze,” she said, adding her sons — ages 1, 10 and 13 — were all traumatized from seeing it, too.

The Kansas City Police Department’s interim police chief, Joseph Mabin, told KCTV that his officers “never want to be in these type of situations.”

“This is a holiday weekend. It’s time for friends. Not a time for violence,” he told the outlet Friday.

The male driver who allegedly fled was not immediately identified. He was busted after a chase and also taken to a hospital for an unrelated medical issue, the local reports said.

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