The boyfriend of a 40-year-old Michigan woman who was shot and killed by police Sunday night said he doesn’t understand why they used lethal force on his girlfriend.
Victor Stephens, 54, says police fatally wounded his girlfriend after responded to a domestic dispute call at his home where she died.
“Why would you kill her? He shot her in the head and in the chest,” Stephens said. “It was a woman with a knife. It doesn’t make any sense.”
Stephens said the woman — whose name is being withheld until police can reach the next of kin — has three children, two sons and a daughter.
Police were called to the home at 11:45 p.m. Sunday night.
“Me and her, we had an argument. Glass was being broke, so I called the police to escort her out,” Stephens said.
When officers arrived, Stephens said he was in a separate hallway in the house away from where the woman was with the knife. Stephens said the woman had a fish knife in her hand when police announced their arrival.
“The police said ‘police,’ so I stopped. She walked towards them,” Stephens said. “They said ‘freeze’ and the next thing I know I heard (gunshots).”
Stephens asked if he could speak to the woman after the shots were fired, and that’s when he was told she was dead.
“Where were the Tasers at? She wasn’t going to kill anybody with a knife,” Stephens said to M Live. “That’s unnecessary.” Stephens said the woman was killed in a well lit hallway, and it was clear she didn’t have a gun. Five people were in the home at the time of incident.
Michigan State Police investigated the incident. They have not released any details on what led the officer to shoot the woman other than to say she approached them with a knife.
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