A 70-year-old homeless lady was fatally shot by a corrections officer within the foyer of a Washington state jail final week after she allegedly brandished a knife, officers mentioned.
Nancy King was pounding on the foyer door of the Spokane County Jail Friday evening when corrections sergeant Justin White advised her to drop the weapon, a county spokesman advised KXLY.com.
County officers alleged King then “moved aggressively” towards White, who repeatedly demanded she let go of the knife earlier than gunning her down.
Jail director Mike Sparber mentioned White acted in self protection through the capturing, in response to The Spokesman-Assessment.
Jack King mentioned his aunt struggled with psychological well being points and alcoholism for years.
“Positive, a homeless particular person can appear scary, but it surely’s arduous to image somebody that small and aged being a risk to a corrections officer,” King advised The Spokesman-Assessment.
He added that his aunt may’ve ended up on the jail as a result of she wanted a spot to remain the evening.
“It was a chilly evening, ” he mentioned. “I don’t know if she was having a psychological breakdown or if she was simply freezing to dying and searching for someplace heat to go.”
White has been positioned on depart pending an investigation.