Skip to comments.Woman Handing Out Samples at Va. Costco Shot by Police After Acting Strangely
Posted on 05/29/2013 5:18:45 PM PDT by jimbo123
A woman handing out pizza samples at a Virginia Costco was shot and killed by sheriff's deputies Wednesday afternoon after she began acting strangely and came at the officers with a weapon, authorities said.
A sheriff's deputy also was wounded in the leg, possibly by a ricochet. He is expected to recover.
The melee began at about 3 p.m., when store employees noticed the woman acting oddly at the Costco in Sterling, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said. Witnesses said she seemed upset about the pizza she was handing out.
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Oh man. maybe she had an allergic reaction to peddling cardboard.. damn.. Costco is getting to be a dangerous place..
came at the officer with a weapon.
Right, those pizza slices are dangerous. She might have put his eye out.
Renee Haber, a front end manager at the store near the busy intersection of Cascades Parkway and Route 7, said the incident started when a woman involved in food preparation became agitated and began to act erratically as her shift was ending. She said the woman, who had been serving pizza earlier in the day, began saying crazy things and seemed concerned about the number of servings in a pizza box.
That's the ONLY way you can assault a LEO, and NOT be held accountable.
can’t agree with you yet!
woman’s dead over a few slices of pizza!!??
in the old days, some 6’ 6”, 250 lb cop would have busted her head open with a billy club but at least she would have been alive.
I will wait for more facts. Something smells about this one!
Yeah because tazing an obviously mentally ill woman is sorta unmanly.
Soon to be banned by congress! Buy them now while you still can
someone took their ‘after work’ desert too early
Yet the military in Afghanistan need to be fired on twice before they can return fire.
Yeah. The woman came at officers with a knife. I guess they should have stopped it with their chests.
Yeah those pizza wheels are deadly
Yeah the cops in this nation have a very very good record for only shooting those people who deserve it. /s
>> and came at the officers with a weapon,
Let me guess, a slice of pizza in the shape of a gun.
Weirdly there seems to be nothing between “stop” and blamblamblam in any of the police training manuals anymore.
That’s the last time she’ll ever act strange.
Wonder if she had a stroke/aneurysm or something.
Don’t hold your breath for an explanation. A cop who can’t disarm a woman with a knife without shooting her to death shouldn’t be on the force
As someone noted before in the good old days you had to have size and strength to be a cop
Exactly. Something had to be going on in her head. Maybe the autopsy will reveal something.
There’s about 2 seconds between them.
You mean the officers don’t know how to disarm a woman with a knife? They could have pepper sprayed her, or tazed her, but their choice was to shoot her and kill her. I guess it’s true, never bring a knife to a gunfight.
Next time they should disarm her of the ricochet she's carrying first.
Where did you hear that they had to be fired at twice? Worst I heard in the media was that if the shooter put his gun down and was in a crowd (probably Iraq or Sangin) they could not shoot. Any documentation? The reason I am asking is I am friends with a ROE group.
I tried really hard not to laugh at your comment.
Was she on serotonin inhibitor drugs?
She’s dead because she attacked a pair of cops with a knife and the taser didn’t even faze her.
Some come in stealth designs.
Thanks, what a shocker for those shopping. Sad.
Eyewitness account appears to suggest excessive force:
“My wife, baby and I were in the yard section 2 aisles over from the food section where it happened. We saw about 8 cops run by, and then a manager walk right by us and not say a word! Next thing I heard was “Drop the Knife” and then 1 shot followed very quickly by about 3 or 4 more. “
The only reason to go to Costco is the free samples.
” A cop who cant disarm a woman with a knife without shooting her to death shouldnt be on the force”
This is the most sensible statement on the thread. it’s not about whether they could shoot her, it’s about whether they should have.
So you’re paying 55 bucks a year plus transportation costs to get mini free samples of grub?
They tried that, apparently it didn’t work for one reason or another. I don’t like cops on principle alone, but I don’t think they should use their body to stop crazy people with knives.
I don’t believe they are trained to do that anymore.
Not being there, I don’t know if it was necessary to shoot this woman. Presumably, several cops with night sticks should have been able to take her down without lethal force. But, the only people who would truly know are those who were there.
I think you are underestimating how dangerous a knife can be. If this is what happened, the cop had every right to shoot her dead before she got close enough to be able to do any damage, sad as it is to have to do this to someone who might not have been able to help being mad.
What is it with Costco and overzealous cops? (Erik Scott - Las Vegas 2011)
wonder if she was diabetic and her blopd sugar got too low. people start acting real disconnected and goofy when blood sugar drops a lot or gets very high.
Chewed a sample into a shape of a gun. Did she have a dog?
Listening to the Extortion 17 presser.
49:50 to about 50:20. It is much better if you listen to her from 47:28 on...
I should not admit this but I have one of those
Best pizza cutter I have ever owned
BAN PIZZA..if it can save one Costco employee its worth it/sarc
Thank the lawyers, personal judgement and non-conformance to procedure is a punishable offense. All that matters is ensuring deadly force can be justified.
They probably didn’t have to shoot her, but I think I’ll pass on the Meat Lover’s Delight for a few months.
I guess the police protocol is if your stun gun doesn’t work, shoot to kill. Idiots.
I can NOT STAND THE FREE SAMPLE LADIES!!! (But - neither would I want one shot.)
The idiots that park their carts in the middle of the aisle with their tunnel vision on the free sample of cheese on a cracker. Then off to get a paper cup of juice, with their kids running back and forth. Perhaps when the flu epidemic hits they will all be taken out first.