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.
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.
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