A central Phoenix woman was shot by police officers during an arrest when they responded to complaint at a hotel room.
Woman was injured by bullets as the police struggled to detain her
The incident began when police officers responded to an incident at a hotel at about 6:30 am that morning. The building was located at Interstate Highway 17 and Peoria Avenue’s intersections. A concerned individual had made an emergency call, claiming that their roommate was going crazy and firing a gun outside of their hotel room.
When officers arrived at the scene, they made contact with a 24 year old female who was the suspect. She had initially told the three officers on the scene that she did not have a weapon. As they investigated further, they realized that the woman had an outstanding arrest warrant for a misdemeanor offense, and she was carrying narcotics in her personal bag.
As the officers tried to make an arrest, they claimed that the woman began to struggle and allegedly pulled a gun out from a hidden location on her person. During this altercation, police say the the woman first fired an initial shot, then two officers returned fire and struck her. None of the police or any bystanders were harmed during the struggle.
The suspect had been taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries related to the shooting. She was eventually released and booked on several charges related to the outstanding warrant, resisting arrest, drug possession, and discharging the firearm.
Local police were under pressure due to another incident involving an unarmed man. He was sitting in his car and shot by officers just days earlier. Community members were calling for disciplinary action to be taken and more control and oversight over officers.
Use of force and remedies after becoming a victim of police violence
Law enforcement officers can use some level of force to make an arrest, but they generally cannot shoot or injure someone unless there is a clear threat to the lives of the officers and others nearby. The level of force used must match the severity of the crime. In most cases, this means that a misdemeanor drug possession arrest should require little to no force. However, police will often doctor the story after the fact to make the suspect seem much more violent and threatening than they were at the scene.
After you have been hurt by a police officer, it is important to get legal representation. A lawyer in Arizona who focuses on accidents involving the police can ensure that your civil rights are protected, and that you receive appropriate levels of compensation to pay for medical treatment and continued care.
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