Officers on leave after shooting woman during traffic stop
Nov 16, 2007 07:53 PM EST
By Maira Ansari
LOUISVILLE (WAVE) -- Two officers have been placed on leave after a woman was shot twice during an early morning traffic stop. The officers involved say they opened fire after she suddenly drove toward them as they approached her car. WAVE 3's Maira Ansari investigates.
Police say 49-year-old Brenda Joy Woosley (who also goes by Jassamine Peach) hit one officer with her vehicle about 1 a.m. Friday morning.
That's when police say Woosley was driving slowly with no lights on in an alley between Third and Fourth streets near Central Avenue.
Officer Charles Meek turned on his lights and siren to make a traffic stop, but LMPD spokesman Detective Phil Russell says "the vehicle failed to yield, didn't stop for the officers. Other officers responded.
Officers Robert King and Drew Meyer arrived to assist Meek, and the van finally came to a stop at Third Street and Central Avenue.
"One police vehicle stopped behind the suspect another to the left of it and the other in front of it," Russell said.
King then walked toward the car, and at that point Woosley allegedly accelerated and stuck Officer King, knocking him to the ground.
Officer King and Meek then fired shots at Woosley striking, her in the right shoulder and right ankle.
Woosley was taken to University Hospital and last listed in fair condition late Friday.
Police aren't saying how many times the officers fired or who hit Woosley.
Lt. Russell says the officers used the amount of force they thought necessary to protect themselves and others.
But it didn't end there. Woosley continued to drive on in her van, about a mile-and-a-half down Southern Parkway, where she crashed her van into a tree near Woodlawn Avenue.
Jasim Al-Khafaji says he knew Woosley well, and says she suffers from a mental illness. He said the last time he saw her was Thursday and that she was "not normal."
Woosley is being charged with criminal attempted murder of a police officer, first degree fleeing and evading police.
The two officers involved in the shooting, Charles Meek and Robert King are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, which is standard procedure anytime an officer fires his weapon.
Officer Meek has been with the force since may of this year, and is still in a probationary period.
Officer King has worked as an officer in Louisville since 2001.
The third officer at the scene, Officer Drew Meyer, did not fire his weapon and remains on active duty.
The city's public integrity is also investing the shooting, looking into the reason for the initial traffic stop, the actual shooting and the chase that followed.
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