Johnston County, North Carolina, District Attorney Susan Doyle released dashcam footage on Friday that showed an officer-involved shooting that ended with a woman dead.
CBS North Carolina reports that on July 8, officers responded to an SUV that crashed off of Interstate 40 in Newton Grove. When they arrived, officers noticed a white GMC Yukon XL on a grassy area on the side of the interstate, and a woman lying on the ground close to the vehicle. As they approached the vehicle, another person at the scene told the officers that the woman was armed. The witness also said the woman was driving erratically on the interstates moments before she crashed.
Officers asked the woman, identified as Tina Renee Medlin, 50, of Raleigh, to stand up with her hands in the air. Medlin got up but she kept her hands hidden until she brought up a gun and aimed directly at one of the officers and started firing. Two deputies shot back at her, causing fatal injuries. The suspect was transferred to WakeMed, where she died three days later, on July 11.
“Under the circumstances observed by Trooper Taylor and Deputy Davis, their use of deadly force was both reasonable and warranted,” Judge Doyle wrote.
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[Feature Photo: Johnston County Sheriff’s Department]