(DAILY MAIL ONLINE) — Disturbing video footage shows the horrific moment a police officer fatally shoots a woman believed to be under the influence of drugs as she refused instructions to drop a pair of scissors that she was wielding inside a hotel lobby.
Body cam and closed circuit video of the incident shows Bossier City Police officer Patrick Edmonds Jr shoot dead Shannon Rupert, 45, in the lobby of the LaQuinta Inn hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana on the morning of October 25.
A review of the incident by the Bossier Parish District Attorney’s Office has concluded that Edmonds was justified in using force, according to the Shreveport Times.
Edmonds responded to a report from the hotel indicating that a disorderly person was in the lobby.
The officer approached the front desk, where Rupert, a resident of Shreveport, was holding a pair of scissors in one hand while she was on the telephone.
‘Ma’am, put those scissors down,’ Edmonds said.
Rupert appeared to be talking fast while on the phone. She then is heard uttering a racial slur to Edmonds, who is black.
‘You’re gonna have to shoot me, n*****,’ she is heard saying.
Edmonds repeatedly ordered Rupert to drop the scissors, but she refused.
‘Shoot me,’ she says as she holds the phone to her ear. ‘You’re gonna have to shoot me.’
As she continues to ignore Edmonds’ commands to put the scissors down, she approaches the front desk in an apparent attempt to hang up the phone.
Edmonds then points his gun at Rupert and flashes a light in her face.
‘Put those scissors down,’ he tells her.
‘You’re gonna have to shoot me, n*****,’ she responds. ‘You’re gonna have to shoot and kill me.’
Edmonds is then heard talking into his police-issued two-way radio while Rupert continues to ramble incoherently.
The body cam footage then shows Rupert walk out front from behind the counter while animatedly talking and gesticulating with the scissors still in hand.
‘Hey, if you come over here, I will kill you!’ Edmonds yells toward Rupert as she emerges from behind the front counter.
Rupert, undeterred, continues to walk toward Edmonds before she is shot twice in the upper torso.
‘Drop the scissors!’ Edmonds yells toward Rupert as she is lying on the ground with gunshot wounds.
‘Drop the scissors!’
Edmonds then alerts his fellow officers on the two-way radio, saying: ‘Shots fired. Shots fired.’
‘White female on the ground. Still got scissors in her hand.’
With Rupert on the ground writhing in pain from the gunshot wounds, Edmonds yells instructions to her: ‘Drop the scissors!’
Edmonds then notices a witness in the hotel lobby who ducked behind what appeared to be desk and orders him out.
‘Ma’am, drop the scissors, please!’ he tells toward Rupert.
The body cam footage ends.
Rupert was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. She is survived by a son.
Edmonds was placed on administrative leave by the police department pending a review of the incident by internal affairs.
On his Facebook page, Edmonds wrote on Friday: ‘First I want to thank God for keeping my mental state in tacked during this entire process.
‘I thank everyone who continued to pray for me throughout this situation.
‘Thank you for the calls and the support. Thanks for the love and many text messages sent.’
He ended the post with the hashtag #cleared.
According to his social media page, Edmonds is a military veteran.
Rupert’s family was enraged by the shooting.
Melinda Peterson, Rupert’s cousin, told KSLA-TV that she believes Edmonds used excessive force.
‘What I am disputing is why they could not have used a Taser instead or the dummy bullets because those dummy bullets will knock you down,’ she said.
Peterson told KSLA-TV that Rupert struggled with drug addiction for years.
‘I knew she had been into drugs really bad. I tried helping her,’ she said.
‘I tried talking to her to see if maybe we could get her some help, a recourse.
‘Getting her into rehab or anything like that. She was just out of it.’