The police officer drove east on State Route 91 in Southern California on Friday night and took his police dog to a veterinarian when he intersected with 17-year-old Hannah Williams, who also drove east.
They said that someday the two vehicles would have met. Then the duty and uniformed Fullerton policeman killed the teenager deadly.
What exactly happened on the highway – where the cop and Hannah were, when the shots fell, how the vehicles came to a halt and what preceded the shootings – is not clear. But the meeting turned into another police shoot-out, where Hannah's family and civil rights activists sought answers, claiming the murder was unjustified. Orange County Procuratorate, investigating the shooting, said Tuesday that a replica gun had been found near the scene near Hannah. It refused, however, to provide more details, including where it was found or how, if at all, it could have occurred in the deadly encounter.
"We want the public to know immediately how many times our daughter was shot and whether she was shot in the back or not," said Benson Williams, Hannah's father, in a statement on Tuesday. "Why, sir?"
Police shootings have garnered increased attention nationwide, but the California discourse has been particularly intense in recent months.
A widespread indignation ensued following the prosecutor's announcement in March that they did not file charges against two police officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark, an unarmed 22-year-old black man, last year. The legislature then introduced two bills to reduce the number of police shootings.
This week, lawmakers passed a bill that would make it easier for the prosecution of police officers using lethal force. Under another law, law enforcement agencies should clearly set out the guidelines for using force and improve de-escalation training for civil servants.
The authorities said Hannah had been killed around 7:00 pm. On Tuesday in Anaheim, California, the Orange County Procuratorate announced in a statement Tuesday that the police officer had seen them drive "high speed" before the shooting.
Hannah was brought to the hospital after she was shot dead A hospital where she died tells the authorities.
In its statement, the Orange County Procuratorate said the pistol found near Hannah had been recreated to look like a Beretta 92 FS.
A spokeswoman for the office declined to answer any further questions on the case and referred to the ongoing investigation. The Fullerton Police Department also claimed to investigate the shooting to determine if the officer violated his policies, but declined to provide more details about the encounter. According to a spokesman, the official is in paid administrative leave.
A spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, who also investigated the meeting, declined to provide more details about the shootings. Governor Gavin Newsom's office answered questions about whether the state would investigate death, not immediately.
Rev. Jarrett Maupin, civil rights activist and spokesman for the family, said witnesses told him and the family that they saw him. Hannah waves her cell phone before filming.
Mr. Maupin did not know if Hannah or a family member had the replica pistol, but he said she could not be taken into account in the shootout because she was rescued from inside the vehicle and would not have been in Hannah's hand. A spokeswoman for the prosecution did not immediately state where the replica pistol was found.
Efforts to reach Hannah's family on Tuesday night have been unsuccessful.
At a press conference on Tuesday, family members said they would not answer the news media questions until the police provided more information.
"We are looking for answers to what really happened on the day and night in question," said Lynette Campbell, Hannah's godmother, in a statement written by Hannah's father.
wife. According to Campbell, Hannah was a lifeguard and liked working voluntarily with her parents at health fairs in the community.
Family representatives said at the press conference that they did not know where Hannah will go on Friday. Mr. Maupin said Hannah used a rental car at the time of the shootout.
The family demands an independent autopsy of Hannah's body for fear that "the police will delay the publication of the official autopsy results and continue to withhold information about nature from the public shooting," said a statement from Mr Maupin.