VIDEO: Fatally-Shot Teen Pointed Gun At Cop After Intentionally Ramming His Car

The Fullerton Police Department has released bodycam footage of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Hannah Williams.

Anaheim, CA – The Fullerton Police Department (FPD) has released bodycam footage from the officer-involved shooting of a 17-year-old girl who was armed with a replica handgun (video below).

The incident began at approximately 7 p.m. on July 5, when a uniformed, on-duty FPD officer spotted a vehicle traveling “at a high rate of speed” on the eastbound 91 Freeway, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a press release on July 9.

The officer was taking his K9 partner to a veterinarian for a medical procedure at the time.

When he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the dark-colored SUV, the driver “intentionally collided with his police car,” FPD Lieutenant Jon Radus said in the video release.

The suspect, later identified as 17-year-old Hannah Linn Williams, then made “an abrupt U-turn into oncoming traffic, and came to a skidding stop, facing the wrong way on the freeway,” Lt. Radus explained.

The FPD officer immediately requested backup due to Williams’ erratic behavior, then exited his patrol vehicle to attempt to make contact with the suspect.

As he approached the driver’s side of the vehicle, he was confronted by Williams.

“The female was in a shooting stance – with both arms extended in front of her – pointing a gun directly at the officer,” Lt. Radus said. “This resulted in an officer-involved shooting.”

The officer immediately radioed that shots had been fired, bodycam footage showed.

“I got suspect down on the freeway,” he said. “I need medics please.”

The officer repeatedly ordered Williams not to move and to keep her hands visible.

The suspect complied with his commands to roll onto her stomach, as the officer told bystanders to stay away from the scene.

Another officer covered the suspect while the FPD officer checked the suspect’s vehicle to make sure there was no one else inside.

He then placed the wailing suspect into handcuffs, as she begged the officers to help her.

The second officer on scene had already recovered the weapon that Williams had dropped onto the ground, and informed the initial officer that it was a replica, the video showed.

The weapon was “nearly indistinguishable” from an actual firearm, Lt. Radus noted.

The officers then applied a tourniquet and a “chest seal” to the wounded suspect, Lt. Radus said.

Bodycam footage showed that she had gunshot wounds to her right upper leg and her chest.

Williams was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Nearly 90 minutes after the incident occurred, Anaheim police received a 911 call from Williams’ father, who told the dispatcher that the teen had taken off with their rental vehicle.

He said she had been missing for over three hours, and that she “may have wanted to harm herself,” Lt. Radus said.

In the 911 recording, the suspect’s father also said that Williams was on medication for depression, and that he was concerned she could harm herself.

Fullerton Police Chief Bob Dunn explained that the officer involved in the incident has “police powers throughout the entire state – not just in in [his] respective jurisdiction.”

“He took action, which he not only had the authority, but the expectation and responsibility to do,” Chief Dunn noted. “The job of a police officer is often difficult and dangerous. Although we train and work hard to de-escalate volatile situations, officers must react – sometimes in a split second.”

“The decision to use force is not something we take lightly,” the chief continued. “It is truly tragic for all involved.”

The district attorney’s office is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting, The Orange County Register reported.

While the district attorney’s office investigates the officer’s potential criminal culpability, the Anaheim Police Department will determine whether or not Williams had committed a crime, KMBZ reported.

FPD will conduct an administrative investigation to determine whether the officer acted in accordance with department policy.

Williams’ family’s spokesperson, Reverend Jarrett Maupin, said that police and prosecutors are lying about the teen being in possession of a weapon, and that even if she was armed, the officer shouldn’t have opened fire because the gun was only a replica.

“We maintain that she was unarmed,” Maupin said during a press conference on July 9, according to the Orange County Register.

“A fake gun is a fake gun,” he declared.

Maupin alleged that the replica firearm was not found next to the teen’s body, and claimed that police didn’t find the weapon until they searched the inside of the rental vehicle Williams was driving.

Bodycam footage clearly showed the weapon lying on the ground next to Williams after she collapsed.

Family friend Magda Rojas said that there was no way Williams was armed with a “real gun” when she was shot, KTLA reported.

“Maybe a Mickey Mouse gun or something, but not a real gun,” Rojas said. “We don’t have no clue. We don’t have real answers.”

It is against the law to possess a replica handgun in the state of California, KCBS reported.

Her family said that the officer-involved shooting “appears to be another unjustified shooting of a young person of color.”

Williams' mother is Latina and her father is black, according to The Orange County Register.

Williams’ father, Benson Williams, has called on Rev. Al Sharpton to become involved in his daughter’s case, Heavy reported.

“We want Rev. Sharpton to shine a light on what happened here in Anaheim. We want to know why police felt the need to shoot and kill a 17-year-old unarmed teen girl,” he said in a statement prior to the bodycam footage being released. “We want the public to know, right away, how many times our daughter was shot and whether or not she was shot in the back.”

Williams’ sister, Nyla, has also reached out to California Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter.

“We need your help. My 17 yr sister was just shot and killed by the Fullerton police we have no answer we have been told several different things this happened Friday evening on the 91 here in Anaheim please please,” Nyla’s tweets read.

The family has authorized an independent autopsy, and has also asked California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to have the state attorney general’s office investigate the officer-involved shooting.

“We cannot trust local police to investigate themselves,” Maupin told reporters.

Williams’ family has since retained civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt, who initially claimed that investigators didn’t recover the replica weapon until they searched the SUV three days after the incident, KTLA reported.

Bodycam footage showed that the officers seized the gun off of the ground moments after the shooting.

“We don’t believe that the weapon played any role in this incident,” Merritt said prior to the footage being released, according to KTLA. “Law enforcement has not indicated that the replica weapon played any role in this incident, and if it did it would have been captured on the bodycam footage.”

After the video was released, Merritt blasted investigators for not providing information about the circumstances of the confrontation to Williams’ family sooner.

"We learned today, as you probably learned, that Hannah was in a shooting stance at the time that the officer discharged his weapon," he said. "If they had known that from the beginning, that would have given them a bit more closure.”

You can watch bodycam footage of the officer’s encounter with Williams in the video below:

Comments (102)
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shooter
shooter

Absolutely and stunningly tragic. But, the officer clearly had no choice but to defend himself against immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death.

He didn't see her until he rounded the corner of her vehicle. As soon as he did, there she was, pointing what he reasonably believed to be a firearm at him. He had less than one second to recognize the threat, decide on the best action possible, draw his firearm, and fire in self defense. There is no way that the officer could have known she didn't have a real firearm.

The family maintains that the victim was purposefully targeted as a "woman of color" which is a bunch of what the farmer stepped in.

I am getting sick and tired of family members immediately blaming officers for taking steps to reasonably defend themselves against possible deadly force with deadly force of their own.

The arguments against this officer using deadly force have no basis in logic or law and are being made by those who are clueless, ignorant, idiots who only want to capitalize on the current societal affliction of "cop hatred" no matter if they are right.

It makes me want to puke in disgust.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I don't care how sweet she looks in that picture, she obviously earned her death by pointing that gun.

RamblinRose
RamblinRose

This young woman looks white to me. So how was she "targeted as a woman of color"?

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

What baffles me is how attorneys can maintain an argument even when there is clear evidence against it. 'We don't believe the weapon played any part and they only found it three days later'. Yeah, no. It's on video. Next.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

I can see it now; "New Commiefornia law forces Police Officers to Politely ask anyone aiming a firearm of any type at the Officer if the firearm is Real, Replica, a BB, Pellet, or Airsoft Gun before using their own Firearms to protect themselves and the public."

Rdhdkid
Rdhdkid

Why is this Reverend Jarrett Maupin a family spokesman? She from the Rachel Dolezal limb of the family tree?

LEO0301
LEO0301

The girl was obviously experiencing a mental health issue and I understand why a family would be upset HOWEVER, when this family immediately contacted lawyers, clergy, the governor, and made a request for Al Sharpton BEFORE the police had a chance to even start their investigation it certainly makes me wonder if they didn't start to see dollar signs. It also makes me wonder if they were led astray by some of those who latched on thinking they might get a cut of the pie.

WeLOVEuTY
WeLOVEuTY

Suicide by Cop. That Brave Officer had no choice.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Catastrophic Parental Failure, This one was NOT raise right,,she was just Raised. Disturbing

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

She took her the vehicle without permission. She drove and hit a squad. (did she have a drivers license?) She took the stance and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officer and was shot. The weapon shows up at 15:21. Any normal person would have thought it was a real gun. She got shot, she died. She did the wrong thing and died. No attorney, her parents or anyone can say she didn't know what she was doing, she wanted to die, eve her Father said words to that effect. So young, yet did the wrong thing.

ccieAPD
ccieAPD

This "person of color" shot by police, gun found in car after the shooting.. Glad they pointed out what's clearly identifiable as a Beretta on the ground next to her, in her hands while in combat stance when he rounds the back of her SUV. Now the father's 911 call (90 minutes AFTER the shooting) stating she took the car, may want to hurt herself. Now this "person of color" when asked by dispatch if she's white, black, hispanic he replies she's "WHITE", when asked if she has a gun, he states "i dont' think she has a gun". I am willing to bet that even Al Sharpton won't put his mug on tv and lie for the family now the video is out along with the 911 call and so so many discrepancies.....I just don't understand these people and their motivation to make the world more hostile than it already is...apparently police is a race, and the racism towards the police is far the worst I've seen and it needs to stop.

us3south
us3south

She got what she wished for!!

jakesj40
jakesj40

So the family didn't like it that they were caught in a lie when the video was released and proved all of their false allegations untrue. God help our police officers who have to deal with this daily.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Sad and a shame.

new2lv2
new2lv2

The parents and the so called reverend should be ashamed of themselves. Not only do they owe a huge apology to the police for their false allegations, they also owe an apology to the public for attempting to cause an uproar. Most importantly they owe an apology to the deceased for using her tragic death and her mental illness for some sort of notoriety for themselves. The Maupin and this girls family are appalling people.

Da$
Da$

Sadly, classic "suicide by cop." Her decision. Poor officer, but the officer did EXACTLY as trained.

deputydawg17
deputydawg17

Very sad but once again an apparently unstable person chose to use a firearm in a stupid fashion. If a person, any person is looking down the barrel of a gun they will fear for their life and act accordingly.

natalien555
natalien555

Her father describes her as white

Noble Serf
Noble Serf

it's always sad when there is a loss of life, but I stand with the police officer. Our first responders have a job that few are thanked for. We are dependant on them and we trust them. I always will.

RebalReb
RebalReb

First of all if you heard Hannah's father's 911 call, he said his daughter was White! He also said she was on antidepressant medications. Now I believe she was committing "Suicide by Cop" and sadly she got what she asked for! I think she thought she would be outright killed and not have to suffer from her actions. I think a lot of young people are idealizing suicide and don't realize that sometime you don't die, or death takes a lot longer than you thought it would! Sadly, they have no clue the damage they bring on their own families. About the actual shooting: That Police Officer had every right to defend himself against what he perceived a threat. Anyone with half a brain would see a gun pointed at them and think it was a real gun. She had taken the bright orange cap off that goes on the front of the fake guns (but the time the officer had to respond, he may have not even had the chance to even see an orange end on a fake gun; which there was none). Now the parents want to file a "wrongful death"...uh no. The parents have to realize a very sad and very real knowledge about their daughter. She tried to kill a Police Officer by ramming him head-on on a highway or thought they both would die by her hitting him head-on! She then got out of the vehicle she took without permission, and aimed a fake gun at the Police Officer, so she could be shot and killed. Their daughter was so depressed she was going to kill herself one way (by hitting a Police Officer head-on) or be killed by aiming a fake gun towards a Police Officer with a real gun! What makes me even sicker is that this girl could have been looking to not only kill herself, but help her parents become rich by actually being killed by a Police Officer; or why else would she target a Police Officer in a Police car? That my be subjective, but I think it has some weight to it. I am also very sickened by parents who think their child did nothing wrong and therefore they should be paid a lot of money for the wrongdoing of a Police Officer when in fact it is the wrongdoing of their own child. I think you can have empathy for the family without giving them money, but I think you also need to have empathy for the Police Officer, for he will carry the death of that 17-year old suicidal girl with him for a lifetime!

DNW
DNW

Agree, this appears to be 'suicide by cop'. Can't imagine they have a legal leg to stand on, now.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

Her father said she was white so if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck..to the officer it was a female pointing a weapon at him in a shooting stance! Cha-Ching! Another "shot-by-cop" lottery playing family OF COLOR!

PD732004
PD732004

This type of thing is happening more and more with the demise of Law and Order in our country. IMO one of the biggest problems is that no one is held accountable for their actions anymore. While many may say the family is grieving their loss, they were pretty quick to pull the (false) race card, and the MONEY!! card. Apparently the "grief" disappeared pretty fast. Hold them accountable, and those who advocate what they did.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Why are we even giving this story so much attention. She tried to play the game, she lost. She fucked up. Family get over the “drama” side and stop trying to get paid. Sorry for your loss, but take responsibility for your parenting choices, her choices and actions, and mostly, the blame, because it’s not on anyone but her.

momsaid
momsaid

The family now claims that the police dept should have shown them the footage earlier. Why did they rush to the cameras to accuse the cops of wrongdoing in the first place?

(Hat tip to Barry Obama, who said that the cops acted stupidly, with zero facts to back him up)

RPG156
RPG156

In California, its never the criminal's fault.... always the officer's fault. God be with California officers.

The express
The express

The officer should sue the family.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

Well I am very happy to know that after 64 years I can claim myself as a person of color ! I always knew white was a color but maybe it just didn't shine enough..hmmmmmmfp. That girl be white than me and she sure has a white American name...confused for being latino,black. Looks like she got what she was after though...suicide by cop. Wish the Officer could sue for mental anguish ! Don't feel sorry for her or her family.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Although the original video showed she had a very real looking gun & took a shooting stance, this now updated frame by frame pointing out the FACTS, is much better. It will shut down the nay sayers, family, weird AL S, the pastor & anyone else looking to a buck & blame where none belongs.

Real tired of this police blame game & race card overuse BS, that BO started & fueled during his traitorous admin in the WH.

Thoughts & prayers to this officer for peace & strength.

Condolences to the family for their loss of daughter, but not their loss of the lottery they hoped for.

sherlock635
sherlock635

And Maupin got shot himself in a shoot don't shoot scenario put on by the Maricopa Co. SO in the exact same situation! Followed by him shooting an obviously unarmed man. But he know what he talking about.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Give me a mother f**king break!! Now I understand you are grieving the loss of your daughter but she clearly had some serious issues!!! She stole your rental vehicle, rammed a police car on purpose and then pointed what appeared to be a real gun at an officer. This is clear cut suicide by cop!!! All the evidence is on video!! Whether you choose to except it is up to you, but you sure as hell ain't getting no damn ghetto lottery you pieces of shit!!!! So kiss those dreams good bye!!!

bill fuse
bill fuse

Damn, I should have talked to Rev Al 1st...and said color was Black, not white. Man that’s gonna cost me a million in not getting the ghetto lottery😭

bill fuse
bill fuse

Hey Kamala.....please continue your campaign by stating that this was a Race Shooting, when her own Dad states she is White. Love to have Trump debate you on fake race issue, during campaign. . Oh, aren’t Kampala’s parents from India and Jamaica? Look it up on Jamaicans...J are not said to be African. But u claim u are????

Pat1978
Pat1978

Very sad. I hope the officer can cope. He did the right thing but I'm sure her cries for help will haunt him for a long time. I know she was young and unstable but suicide by cop is an extremely selfish and thoughtless way to get yourself killed. I really hope the K-9 officer finds a way to be ok with doing what he had to do.

Red Neck
Red Neck

Crying shame; she apparently had no training and absentee parents

DEA23694life
DEA23694life

Very sad! The officer did everything by the book. I feel for the officer and the father of the girl? One thing though? did the officer empty his clip? If so, where did the other bullets go? Now I understand every scene is different , But if he emptied his clip I would say he needs the RANGE!

trainbuff
trainbuff

I'm sorry this had to happen and put this officer in this type of position.

I'm also sick and tired of these armchair quarterback know it "reverend's" who seem to have the insight into all these types of situations.

I'm glad we can all rest easy knowing they have all the answers already before the full and final investigation results are revealed.

Honestly, let the police do their job, even as a "reverend", you above all people should know that their job is God ordained.

I defy you to be in the exact same scenario and be able to tell the difference between a real and fake gun if it means the difference between going home to your family or not reverend - you'd of shot her too hypocrit.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

The parents and attorney shoot their respective big mouths off, claim every catch phrase known by "The Squad", of course race, race OMG this little princess looks like the white girl she is and the only color involved here is WHITE. Once the family and attorney see the video evidence, law enforcement is at fault for not showing it to them before they made adam henries of themselves. Lets see they want Kamala Harris for help, Newsome for help, Biden for help, Al Sharpton, (ask Twala Brawley how that worked out) and any other low life that comes to mind. They need to call The Squad" O-C, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib, I am sure they can lend some help. Sad state of affairs in California, thank God PORAC was able to work out a resolution on AB392 and hopefully it passes.

JMK2244
JMK2244

So, here we go again. Girl aims gun (replica or real) at a police officer and the officer is supposed to just stand there until he finds out if her gun is real or not? And now, of course, the family will sue, even though the father said that his daughter might want to harm herself. And Al Sharpton is asked to get involved? This is SO getting ridiculous. I am so done with these kinds of people!

Little Red
Little Red

Having lived overseas in several European countries over a period of 16 years I am always amazed at the treatment our LEO's receive. In most countries LEO's are treated with respect. You hardly ever hear of a LEO behind sued. Very few countries require search warrants in the process of an investigation. Political correctness has gone wild when LEO's cannot defend themselves against someone pointing a gun at them. I'm sure the policeman wasn't looking at the color of the girls skin, His eyes would have been on the gun in her and trying to make a split second decision. From several feet away it is impossible to tell if a flat black gun is real or a toy. The mayor's of cities should not involve themselves until all investigations are complete. They should have the decency to put politics aside and allow investigations to proceed unbiased. Without laws and LEO's there would be anarchy in this country. Blue Lives Do Matter.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

O for crying out loud !. Playing the Race card. Parents of two different ethnicities mate and create a half breed with mental issues. SHE Steals their rental car and is driving around FOR THREE HOURS mentally Wacked ( according to her parents ) BEFORE THEY EVEN CALL ???. THEY KILLED their own Daughter by wainting THREE hours. The parents should be charged with voluntary manslaughter. And the feces bag sharpton...get a bucket of tar and a feather pillow ready.

PapaSmuf73
PapaSmuf73

The officer reacted appropriately and did what he had to do . Fake gun. Or not has nothing to do with the fact that she was pointing a gun at the officer. It looked real and she failed to drop the weapon. The is no basis for a law suit but the city will give in and not stand their ground and a large sum of money will be paid instead of fighting for the officer. The family does not deserve a dime. Unfortunate and sad but she knew exactly what she was doing and fully aware what would happen. The true victim here is the officer. No one knows what he will go through until it is all said and done. If anything he should be compensated for the trauma and stress that he suffered.

All5xx
All5xx

Mental illness can be life threatening, is not shown physically and discussions are difficult when you think your going to die. No blame (legally or morally) can be placed on the officer.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

“A fake gun is a fake gun” he declared. WTF? When you’re LE, in this hateful environment, you make a decision.

Anomie88
Anomie88

Sharpton, Harris, Biden. What a joke. This unfortunate incident occurred for one reason. The suspect acted in a suspicious manner, pointed a gun (replica or not, it represented a real gun) and was shot by a properly trained officer. Case closed. This incident is her fault. Period.

PapouTom
PapouTom

This sounds like Death By Cop! The father stated she suffered from depression and her actions in ramming the officer's car indicates she wanted to aggravate the situation. Anybody points anything resembling a gun at me and I would have responded exactly like the officer did!