Austin Cops Shoot Woman Holding BB Gun After Husband Called 911,
A Texas man called police asking for a mental health officer because his wife was acting erratic.
The mental health officers showed up and killed his wife.
Austin police say they had to kill Micah D’sheigh Jester because they were in fear for their lives because she was holding a BB gun that looked real.
Even after she had been shot and was laying on the ground, police said she kept pointing the gun, telling police, “kill me.”
And police did just that, shooting her several more times. The 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police said they have audio recordings of the shooting, but no video. They have not released the audio recordings.
The incident took place just before 4 a.m. Sunday at the Summer Valley apartment complex.
The two officers who shot Jester were identified by the department as Deborah Lindeman, a mental health officer, and Richard Smith. Both have been with the department for around three years.
Asst. Chief Troy Gay said the officers gave Jester commands to drop the weapon, but she moved towards them while pointing the gun at Lindeman and Smith. The officers then fired their weapons. As Jester was lying on the ground, police say she was still moving after being shot and she still “had the weapon in her hand pointing at the direction of the officers.” Fearing they were still in danger, Gay says the officers fired several more shots.
Jester was the mother of two children, including a 4-year-old and a recently born baby.