Illinois Cops Taser, then Shoot and Kill Woman Trying to Escape Burning Car

Decynthia Celements was shot twice in the head by an Elgin police officer. Now they say she had cocaine in her system.

None of shots were fired at close range, according to an autopsy report by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office last week.

The report says Clements was shot twice in the head and once in the chest on March 12 by Elgin cop Lt. Christian Jensen.

She was also tasered as she exited her burning vehicle after being pulled over for driving a "suspicious vehicle."

Officer Jenson, and the other officers on the scene were wearing body cameras.

The medical examiner has had sufficient time to review toxicology reports, which reveal Clements had cocaine in her system at the time Jensen shot her multiple times, killing her.

Jensen first pulled over Clements for driving a "suspicious vehicle" near Cedar Avenue in Elgin, Illinois.

Clements fled with a knife.

At that point, officers claim they "disengaged immediately" and later attempted to "negotiate" with Clements.

Clements would move her vehicle up "several feet," according to the officers.

Eventually, officers observed a fire inside the vehicle.

The Elgin Police Department claims officers attempted to get Clements out of the burning vehicle.

But something went wrong, they say, and Jensen's gun went off three times, striking Clements twice in the head and once in the chest.

Clements was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead after being shot three times.

Jensen has since been on paid leave and has not yet been charged with a crime. He has worked for the Elgin Police Department for 19 years.

UPDATE: PINAC initially reported Elgin police hadn't released the video, but that was incorrectly reported by another news outlet. The video is now included in the article.

Comments (54)
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Kaseem
Kaseem

She came out of that car with a knife in hand ,21 foot rule

HoneyD
HoneyD

It's Always A Black Person That Dies By These piece Of💩Racists Ass Cops It's Time To Hunt Them Down. And Do To Their Family Members What They Do To Ours😡😠😈😈😈😈😈😈

A.Tone217
A.Tone217

Even if she was positive for cocaine, it doesn't automatically make her a threat. This was murder!!!!

Lovely3
Lovely3

It's not on her, they had already tasered her, he shot her 3 times, I dont get it, why would he shoot to kill, this woman was getting out of a burning car, he needs jail time for that you dont taser, a person then turn around and shot to kill them, jesus take the wheel, when judgement day come all that's tooken lives will pay, cause there is a God!

tgoods07
tgoods07

Some real bullShi.. His gun went off when he pulled the trigger of course.

old white man
old white man

"Something went wrong and Jenson's gun went off 3 times striking her twice in the head and once in the chest?" This cop's too stupid to even come up with a good story! Nineteen year veteran so you know they're gonna let this piece of shit retire.

Eleanor 31
Eleanor 31

This is very sad no way did his gun go off shoring her 2 times in the head 1 in the chest that was pure murder god bless her and her family

GDubb01
GDubb01

Yet white people still can't seem to comprehend why we HAAAATE then so much. We HAAAATE you for what you've done and continue to do to black people. Leave us the fuuuuck alone!!! By God's grace, you will pay DEARLY one day and that day will be a glorious one.

Paulina-
Paulina-

People often say "Guns don't kill people, people kill people". Well, here's the cops claiming "Golly, gee! The gun fired 3 times... by itself ! "

Rail Car Fan
Rail Car Fan

"Badge Bully" cops do what they do best. Shoot and kill innocent victim... then make up story to cover their A$$.

Rail Car Fan

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

But something went wrong, they say, and Jensen's gun went off three times, striking Clements twice in the head and once in the chest. Reminds me of the sick joke I heard as a kid. Man stabbed 13 times declared accident. "He kept falling onto my knife, not my fault."

Brooklynite54
Brooklynite54

If she was a white dope fiend, they would've saved her life.

Kathy J
Kathy J

Seriously?? The extent to how vague this headline is in comparison to what actually happened, is beyond ridiculous. Where is mention of the fact she repeatedly tried to flee the cops in a battered vehicle with what appeared to have NO front tires, the fact that she more then once nearly hit an officer with it, or mention of how they ended up having to pin her car between 2 of theirs to get her to stop, or the fact that, the car was not on fire when they initially pulled her over and requested she get out, which she refused, it was clear she has a history with that department more then one of the officers knew her by name, where is the mention of the knife she had, which is clearly visible in the video as she lunges out of the car. She was obviously high, she was completely defiant and acting and driving erratically. She was given countless chances to cooperate and she refused. Did she need to die? no however one undeniable fact had she cooperated from the start, she would still be alive.

Woodlord
Woodlord

They had no valid reason to shoot this woman. Pussy cops afraid for their lives from a 90 lb girl? Was she a model citizen? Obviously not. Sickening.

karretop
karretop

You just bought the KoolAid, you jerk. You decided it was OK to shoot a black woman because she was

"high and on drugs! She was a loser with no life! " Whatta racist you are. Of course white privelege is a real thing - you just proved it!!!!

Jake form statefarm
Jake form statefarm

I believe at no comments should be made on this incident without bodycam being shown. Anytime the bodycam isn't shown then something isn't right.

Thewayiseeit
Thewayiseeit

I'm sorry but this one is on her. Resisting arrest warrants the taser. Arson and coming at them with a knife warrants self defense (shooting her)

I mean seriously, how can you say the cops had no right to defend themselves after watching that video WITH an open mind.

Only cop haters and racists (against white people) can say that.

Those of you who only read the headline and saw the photo portrayed of her, I can understand your disgust.

6Thomps$
6Thomps$

The same can be seen with black people fighting cops also. What is your point and White Privilege isn’t a real thing btw. If it existed than as does Black Privilege. You have to except both, can’t just pick and chose. This chick was so high that a taser most likely would have failed. Sad ending but given the fact she is an obvious crackhead, she didn’t have a life anyway. Lost soul.

danieltooopoff
danieltooopoff

I seen white girls fight cops and kick there a** sooooooo o ok they had white priblage

Sickofpeople
Sickofpeople

Oh well jsterr maybe she shoukd have just ran into a school and shot and killed 19 or 20 kids, or maybe went into a church service and opened fire in innocent worshipers. Because you know when you do that sort of thing you ALWaYS are taken in by the police so PEACEFULLY. Hell they might even stop and get you a Wendys hamburger.

Greif
Greif

SammyWest makes some good points, they seemed to show unusual even unwarranted restraint. However in Europe they have training and techniques that would have resolved the same situation without lethal force. They also didn't seem terribly bright, look how long it takes to occur to one of them to break the window of the car, and they still don't act. That would have instantly occurred to me, and I don't see how that would have put them at risk. But an erratic crack whore who sets her car on fire inside it, gets out with a knife, too many legitimate talking points to even try to sway a boot licker with this one.

SammyWest
SammyWest

It may not mean they are in immediate danger no but its right for cops to assume a defensive position in case they are, which they did. They were extremely patient even when she set the car on fire. They stayed back and kept there distance probably for safety reasons. They yelled at her countless times to get out of the car after she set it on fire, and she did not. So after that she charged at them full force with a knife which is a hostile act that deserves lethal force. You people act like its all the polices fault in these situations when it is not. I'm not saying you should blindly allow police to tell you what to do, but this person went out of her way to create this situation.

SammyWest
SammyWest

She came at them with a knife at the end of the video that was clearly visible. Lethal force was acceptable sense they were under attack!

THATRANDOMGUY
THATRANDOMGUY

@Sammywest I feel where u coming from Bruh but really you had to be the only one with a gun you could just pull out your teaser. Petty sure enough volts would've put her down. They are so quick to pull guns it's like might as well get rid of the mace the teaser the night stick if they even still Carry those. Yeah allI that non lethal shit let's just throw that away and just shoot everybody.

Kefira
Kefira

Well Sammy!! Nobody made the policeman choose their jobs. However, being mouthy doesn't equate to immediate or imminent danger. Druggies are common dealings with the police. Some are violent and some are not. Clearly this lady has a drug problem that should have been met with some level of compassion dispite her being irrational. No one should die by police bullets because they aren't using their training. She was all of a 100 lbs!!! She should have been tased, not killed. Please place an order for a large portion of empathy and humanity, you need it.

SammyWest
SammyWest

Did any of you guys actually watch the video? Cops were patient, she was mouthy with them, and they were acting professionally. She tried to escape, and set her own car on fire! You people act like this is racism, its not. Its a black person who thinks there too bad ass to not comply with the police!

This is exactly the anti social behavior that police have to deal with when someones on drugs! Watch the video before you make a comment!

TBlacklifematers54
TBlacklifematers54

What’s was in his system to shoot 3 times meth or racist? Makes you act like that, blame it on something.

MizDelight
MizDelight

This story is suspicious if you ask me, they would not say what was suspicious about her vehicle? She is dead because her car was suspicious? She ran out of her car with a knife in front of police officers and the gun accidentally went off 3 times, not in close range, but with the skill of a sharpshooter? Let me guess, the cop will not be charged because he feared for his life...........so tired of hearing these stories.

Wibble06
Wibble06

Why was his gun even unholstered, everyone else had a taser?

Davesis
Davesis

So what was the shield for??

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

See, Guns do kill people! Gun went off 'accidentally' 3X. Cop had no control. The gun took over and did what it was created for. Guess we do not need cops attached to guns as the gun does well by itself. LOL. What a crock of bullshit. SHOT 3 TIMES!

StevenThomas
StevenThomas

Liars that should be locked up!

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

"But something went wrong, they say, and Jensen's gun went off three times, striking Clements twice in the head and once in the chest."

The Magic Gun.

Watch the video, you can see a murder.

If the bullets are Lt. Christian Jensen's, he did it.

Wonder what the story would have been without a camera to show what happened.