Terrifying video shows officer fatally shooting ax-wielding woman

GALLATIN, TN (WFLA) – Terrifying police body camera video has been released out of Tennessee showing a shooting in which a white police officer kills a black woman who was approaching him while wielding a medieval-style ax.

The video shows Gallatin Officer James Spray telling 40-year-old Laronda Sweatt, who was holding the ax, to stop approaching him multiple times When Sweatt doesn’t appear to stop, despite the officer’s repeated warnings, Officer Spray shoots her several times. Sweat was pronounced dead the hospital.

Terrifying video shows officer fatally shooting ax-wielding woman (WZTV/CNN)
Terrifying video shows officer fatally shooting ax-wielding woman (WZTV/CNN)

The footage was captured from a camera on Spray’s vest as well as from another officer.

Authorities say Sweatt had become combative when Sumner County sheriff’s deputy Gary Pickard accompanied housing authorities to serve an eviction notice on her Wednesday.

Sweatt’s daughter Alainna Sweatt says the 40-second video has been edited and doesn’t tell the full story.

Spray is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

What others are clicking on:

NBC4i.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s