The California police officer who shot and killed Hannah Williams, 17, after driving irregularly, will not be charged
A police officer was justified in killing a 17-year-old girl who appeared to have had a mental health crisis and pointed a replica gun at him when he stopped her for driving irregularly on a California highway, a study found.
Fullerton officer Scott Flynn shot Hannah Williams three times on July 5, 2019, and killed her, before police later discovered she had a BB gun.
In a letter shared on Tuesday, the Orange County prosecutor says that in an investigation, the agent reasonably believed that the teenager would kill him.
“In all circumstances, it was necessary for Agent Flynn to respond by firing his weapon for the self-defense and defense of others,” Deputy Attorney General Avery Harrison wrote in a letter about the investigation that went to Fullerton Police Department. sent on June 22.
Fullerton prosecutor Scott Flynn was justified in murdering 17-year-old Hannah Williams on July 5, 2019, Orange County prosecutor said. Flynn saw Williams driving irregularly on highway 91 and checked the vehicle to find out it was a rental, thinking he was a criminal on the run
“Although the incident is very distressing and results in the death of a minor with a mental illness, Officer Flynn has not committed any crime,” the prosecutor wrote.
“On the contrary, he performed his duties as a peace officer in a reasonable and justified manner.”
The letter did not name the teenager, but her family previously identified her as Hannah Linn Williams, the Orange County Register reported.
Flynn was on duty and drove an injured police dog to a vet when the rented gray Dodge SUV Williams drove past him at speeds of over 100 miles per hour on a highway in Anaheim.
Flynn checked and found she was driving a rental car.
At the time, Agent Flynn thought the driver was on the run from committing a crime, as suspects involved in criminal activity in his 11 years of police experience often use rented vehicles to commit their crimes, it said. district. is in the letter from the lawyer.
“Because the SUV was acting so erratically, he thought it might be one of those vehicles.”
An investigation found that the officer reasonably believed that the teenager (right) would kill him, a letter dated June 22 reads
She was later found to be holding a BB gun (shown) and seemed to be suffering from a mental crisis
There is no sound for the first 30 seconds of the clip, but when it starts, the officer can be heard shouting ‘Show me your damn hands! Show me your hands’ after she got shot
Another officer then arrives at the scene and, keeping her under control, and after securing the area, they provide first aid to the girl, who appears to have been hit in her chest and leg
The car then slowed down, forcing it to brake and change lanes to avoid a crash, Harrison wrote.
The SUV then turned and hit the front of the patrol car and ended up parked incorrectly on a highway ramp. The letter said that Flynn thought he was attacked.
Video of Flynn’s body-worn camera shows him walking to the SUV and looking at the teenager. At the same time, “she walks up to him with her arms raised, seeming to be holding a semi-automatic black firearm, in a firing position with the barrel up and pointing straight at him.”
Flynn fired several shots. There is no sound for the first 30 seconds of the clip, but when it starts, the officer can be heard shouting ‘Show me your damn hands! Show me your hands’ after she got hurt.
Another officer then arrives on the scene and quickly begins to assist his colleague in administering first aid to the girl, who appears to have been hit in her chest and leg after she has secured the area.
The teenager was a lifeguard and high school. The June 22 letter says she took antidepressants and went to a psychiatrist
You can hear him say, “It’s a replica, it’s a replica.”
In the gripping clip, high school Hannah and lifeguard Hannah can call for help and tell agents she can’t breathe.
When told to roll on her stomach and put her hands behind her back, she meets both police orders. She is then handcuffed.
She says, “Please help me. I can not breathe. ‘
Shortly after the fatal shooting, Hannah’s father called to report his daughter missing, telling the handler that he feared she might be a threat to herself and was taking depression drugs.
The June 22 letter says she took antidepressants and went to a psychiatrist.
When asked if she had talked about hurting herself, he replied, “No ma’am. But like I said, she’s on medication now. You just know out of the blue that she never did this. ‘
Her stepmother said that in the past Williams had tried to run away and “hurt” herself.
Hannah’s family law attorney S. Lee Merritt is in the photo with her loved ones. Shortly after the fatal shooting, Hannah’s father called to report that his daughter was missing, telling the handler that he feared she might be a danger to herself. Her stepmother said that in the past Williams had tried to run away and ‘hurt herself’
On April 29, 2019, she reportedly opposed a police officer while running away from a mental health facility.
“During the physical battle, Minor Doe [Williams] grabbed the officer’s service pistol and was able to pull it out of the officer’s belt, ”the letter says. “The officer, with the help of a civilian, was able to wrestle the pistol from under-aged Doe and no shots were fired.”
In August 2018, she was found on the street with a hunting knife and told the officers that she intended to kill someone, the prosecution said. It states that in the same month she threatened to torture and murder her stepbrother and mother.
It is unclear in which cities these previous incidents occurred.
Flynn was an officer in the La Palma Police Department from 2008 before joining the Fullerton Police Department in 2014.
Fullerton police declined to respond on Tuesday saying “the case is still pending.”
Shortly after the shooting, the Williams family filed suit against the city for damages. The lawyer claimed that the officer did not follow the departmental protocol when approaching the vehicle.