A call for help turns into a death sentence for a 19-year-old woman.
SAN JOSE, CA — A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.
At around 10:36 a.m. on August 14th, 2014, five San Jose police officers responded to the 700 block of Blossom Hill Road with a report of a woman threatening her family.
When police arrived, the woman exited the home and police confronted her outside. Police ordered her several times to drop the object that she was holding, which officers claim they believed was an “Uzi-style firearm.” Although the incident took place in broad daylight, officers failed to identify the object as a battery-operated drill. She allegedly waved the object erratically.
The cordless drill which San Jose police mistook for an “Uzi-style firearm.” (Source: San Jose Police Department)
Facing “a very, very serious situation,” San Jose Officer Wakana Okuma opened fire on the yet-unnamed woman from a distance of approximately 15 feet. She crumpled to the ground, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.