Video: Ariz. cops shoot woman who shot at them mid-arrest

The woman denies having a gun and then pulls one from her waist band when a cop tries to put her in handcuffs

By Suzie Ziegler

PHOENIX — Phoenix Police released body camera video this week related to a July officer-involved shooting that critically injured the suspect. The video shows the suspect pulling a gun on officers — after denying having one — when a cop tries to handcuff her. 

The incident happened just before 7 a.m. on July 8 as officers were responding to a call for shots fired, the Phoenix Police Department said in a release Wednesday. According to the 911 caller, a man said his roommate was “becoming crazy” and “shot a gun” outside after he kicked her out of the apartment. 

When officers arrived, they contacted the woman who had allegedly shot the gun, later identified as 24-year-old Jovana Kelsey McCreary. 

In the video, McCreary tells officers she doesn’t have a gun and denies having shot one earlier that morning. Officers then search her bag with her permission and find illegal drugs inside, but no gun. At that time officers also learned she had an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrant, according to PPD.

One of the officers then takes her hand to handcuff her. That’s when she tries to jerk away, takes a handgun from her waist area and fires, narrowly missing the officers. Two officers shot back and were able to get McCreary to drop the gun. 

According to PPD, the suspect was critically wounded but survived her injuries. No officers or bystanders were hurt in the incident. 


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