Schaumburg, IL - Instead of hatred, Tamekka Broyles, who shot at police officers in 2015, is only grateful that she is alive.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the former high school standout basketball star received a five-year prison sentence in Cook County earlier this month, January, 2017. Tamekka Broyles said that she wanted to "thank the police for saving her life." She also said that she was in a really bad place at the time the incident occurred.
On August 1, 2015, Tamekka Broyles had received a text message from her wife stating that she wanted to end their relationship. She was at work at the time and bought a bottle of whiskey on her way home. When she arrived at her home, she called police, told them that she had a gun, and that she wanted to kill herself.
Schaumburg Police Officers Greg Klebba and Ed Rubeck responded and found Broyles sitting in the living room of her residence holding a gun to her chin, with her finger on the trigger. She refused orders to drop the gun and asked the Officers if they would shoot her if she pointed the gun at them. The two Officers left the residence. They called for back-up and other Officers responded. The Police Officers talked to Broyles for about four and a half hours. Broyles then stood up, raised her arms straight out in front of her, pointed the gun at a sliding glass door and fired a shot. That shot went through the door, onto her balcony, and luckily did not hit anyone.
No Police Officers were hit. One Police Officer returned fire, and Tamekka Broyles was shot in the shoulder and the elbow. She was also hit in the leg with a beanbag round from another Police Officer. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and now has limited use of her left arm after undergoing multiple surgeries. Broyles was charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Her bond was set at $2.5 million. A .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and ammunition were recovered from her residence.
In Cook County Court earlier this month, Broyles pled guilty to charges of Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Judge Marc Martin said there were "substantial" mitigating factors in the case, including that Broyles did not fire directly at officers during the standoff. He also said that "suicide by police in this day and age is never a good solution."
Tamekka Broyles' brother, Calvin Broyles, had nothing but praise for the Police Officers. He said that "they handled it the best way they could."
Thankfully this situation turned out the way it did. And not only were the police officers not injured, but we appreciate for the support Tamekka Broyles and her family have shown toward police, instead of making this into a media event and something that it was not. We wish her and her family all the best.
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