This is the moment a Minnesota cop shoots the 20-year-old driver of a crashed car after she pulls out a gun and aims it at the officer.
The officer-involved shooting took place in the area of Naytahwaush in Mahnomen County in the US state of Minnesota on 13th March.
The police have released the footage to show transparency to the public following online allegations that the officer involved, named as Deputy Dakota Czerny, attempted to murder Shequoya Deanne Basswood, 20.
In a statement obtained by Newsflash, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) said on 13th April: “The provided video shows a portion of the officer-involved shooting that occurred in Mahnomen County on March 13th, 2022 involving Deputy Dakota Czerny and Shequoya Deanne Basswood, age 20, of Mahnomen.
“The purpose of releasing this segment of video is transparency. There is a narrative being pushed through social media from a coalition out of the Twin Cities area stating that Deputy Czerny attempted to murder Basswood.
“This coalition has created a ‘Wanted’ poster regarding Deputy Czerny, which raises serious questions about Deputy Czerny’s safety. The intent of releasing this video is to make the public aware of the facts.
“On March 13th at approximately 1:37 a.m. Deputy Czerny responded to the area north of Naytahwaush to assist another deputy with a traffic stop which turned into a pursuit.
“Deputy Czerny followed the vehicle into Naytahwaush, performed a pursuit intervention technique which sent the vehicle into the ditch, and then took several of the passengers into custody.
“The video begins showing Basswood and another female standing outside the suspect vehicle when Deputy Czerny ordered them to place their hands on the vehicle while he was retrieving additional sets of handcuffs from his squad car.
“Deputy Czerny approached the females and began to place handcuffs on the other involved female. At one point Deputy Czerny saw a gun in Basswood’s possession and began to retreat away from her, drawing his firearm, and ordering her to drop the gun.
“Basswood then turned toward Deputy Czerny, cycled the action on the firearm, and pointed it at him. Deputy Czerny fired his firearm, striking Basswood. The video ends at that point.
“Deputy Czerny requested medical attention for Basswood and began to render medical aid to her as soon as the scene was safe.
“Basswood was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Murder – Attempt, Felon Convicted of Crime of Violence – Firearm or Ammunition Violation, Possession of Ammo/Any Firearm, Fleeing a Police Officer, and Carry/Possesses Pistol Without a Permit.
“At the time of the incident Basswood had warrants out for her arrest related to an assault from June 30th, 2021 at Roy Lake. Basswood was charged with 2nd Degree Riot – Armed with a Dangerous Weapon, 1st Degree Assault – Great Bodily Harm, and Interfering with a 9-1-1 call.”