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Posted at 7:29 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Police shoot, kill woman in Norfolk

By The Virginian-Pilot

Police say a Norfolk woman has died after being shot by an officer.

The Virginian Pilot says police have identified the woman as 22-year-old Tynisha J. Townsend.

Norfolk Police spokesman Chris Amos says she was shot Saturday afternoon when officers were responding to a report that she was brandishing a hammer.

Amos says an officer found Townsend in a vehicle and tried to detain her. He says the shooting occurred when Townsend rolled up the window and drove away.

By The Virginian-Pilot  | December 13, 2010; 7:29 AM ET
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Wow. I'm not sure that this incident warranted the cop to shoot and kill her. There has to be more to this story ...

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 13, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Some officer is in a lot of trouble.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 13, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I guess that the Norfolk po po department don't like women who carry hammers? Gee, they done blew the poor "B" away .... Imagine that.

Posted by: reesemichael | December 13, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Whats up with these young women who feel they dont have to stop for police? The police man has his arm in your car and you take off? You drag the police man down the road? Really? Well now your family can bury you.

Posted by: PUCKEATR | December 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Unnecessary deadly force....

Posted by: Pstacy | December 13, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The lady was stopped because someone said she was brandishing a hammer, hardly a dangerous weapon when not in her hand. Driving away from the police, although a criminal offense, is hardly an offense reguiring the use of deadly force.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | December 13, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm not saying it merited deadly force,but according to the full article at pilotonline.com she bit the officer then closed her window on his arm and then drove away dragging him in the process.

Posted by: user12342 | December 13, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the WaPo will give give the full story 'cause this can't be it.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 13, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, I'll reserve judgment until more details comes forth. However, it is a fact that police officers use utmost restraint when dealing with non-minority assailants. Just food for thought.

Posted by: jab00 | December 13, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Shot for driving away?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 13, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the WAPO didn't run the whole story, and as usual, the leftist monkeys jumped on it like a bananna.

Posted by: madmike272 | December 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

There is probably more to the story. Wow some people still make political comments about stories that have nothing to do with politics. Stupid.

Posted by: ctree | December 13, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

You drag the police man down the road? Really? Well now your family can bury you.

Posted by: PUCKEATR | December 13, 2010 10:14 AM
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Just exactly where in this article did you find that? It read to me that she rolled up the window and drove away...nothing about the offficer being dragged..

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | December 13, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

http://hamptonroads.com/2010/12/mom-dead-woman-calls-officers-use-gun-unfair

Townsend bit him and tried to roll up the window, trapping part of his upper body inside. Then she drove out on West Bay Avenue, a road several lanes wide that leads to Gate 4 of Norfolk Naval Station.

"His position was such that he couldn't just pull out, particularly with a car that's moving," Amos said. "It happened a hundred times quicker than you can say it."

As the officer was dragged out into the street in front of The Gates of West Bay apartment complex, he turned and fired his gun at Townsend

Posted by: user12342 | December 13, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting user12342. These other idiots here make their decision of the shooting being justified or not by this 9 line press release.

Posted by: blank08 | December 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead, give your child an outlandish made-up name like Tynisha, and then sit back and watch her fail and come to a bad end.

Posted by: 10Percenter | December 13, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the WAPO didn't run the whole story, and as usual, the leftist monkeys jumped on it like a bananna.

Posted by: madmike272

Then go read the right wing paper and stop bichin you punk. Whiny posters. You must be a leftist if you are reading the WP.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 13, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

You drag the police man down the road? Really? Well now your family can bury you.

Posted by: PUCKEATR | December 13, 2010 10:14 AM
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Just exactly where in this article did you find that? It read to me that she rolled up the window and drove away...nothing about the offficer being dragged..

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | December 13, 2010

He needed the story to fit his politically incorrect post. He is a bad boy. Dont you know the WP is full of yuppie punks who want to be bad asses so they hide out on the web saying politically incorrect things to make themselves feel like they are controversial? In real life they are scared to death of everyone.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 13, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The Virgian-Pilot article was full of nonsense. Here is what I mean:

V-P: "Townsend bit him and tried to roll up the window, trapping part of his upper body inside. Then she drove out on West Bay Avenue, a road several lanes wide that leads to Gate 4 of Norfolk Naval Station. 'His position was such that he couldn't just pull out, particularly with a car that's moving,' Amos said. . . .
As the officer was dragged out into the street in front of The Gates of West Bay apartment complex, he turned and fired his gun at Townsend."

First, car windows, especially power windows don't roll up hrd enough to trap adult humans.

Second, if he was trapped in a window, how could he "turn." If your upper body is trapped in a window then you cannot turn. If you can turn, then you are not trapped.

Third, if his upper body is trapped in a window, then how is he firing his gun? Did he gave his gun in his hand when he reached in to take the keys and the gun was inside the driver compartment (and accessible to the driver) when the window allegedly came up on him? Is his head outside of the car so that he is firing blindly into the car with one arm into the driver compartment while the other arm is trapped inside of the driver compartment? He is doing all of this while being dragged? Isn't he focussing on trying to run longside the vehicle instead of continuing to have his legs worn down to stumps? It is impossible to form a coherent mental picture of what the police statement purport to describe.

Fourth: why is he shooting? Isn't that likely to cause the driver to accelerate as fast as she can and crash the trapped driverinto the first handy hard object she encounters as she is driving?

Fifth: How many skin grafts did the dragged police officer require? When is s/he getting out of the hospital? Oh, wait, the article makes it sounds like there were no injuries. Meaning, of course, that the police officer was not dragged and the Virginian-Pilot knows that.

The Virginian-Pilot's article completely sucked.

Posted by: Cleanville_Tziabatz | December 20, 2010 5:46 AM | Report abuse

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