VIDEO: Officer Uses Knee Shot To Take Down Screwdriver-Wielding Woman

A burglary suspect allegedly took two swipes at another officer with a screwdriver before the violent altercation.

Enoch, UT – An Enoch police corporal who shot a female burglary suspect in the leg after she swung a screwdriver at another officer twice, and refused repeated commands to drop her weapon, was found to have acted within the department’s policy, a committee of Enoch officials ruled on Tuesday (video below).

Conversely, the Iron County Attorney’s office determined on Monday that Epoch Police Corporal Jeremy Dunn was “not justified” in shooting 29-year-old Ivonne Casimiro, but said that the officer would not be criminally charged because prosecutors do not believe they could prove criminal intent, The Spectrum reported.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. on June 28, when multiple agencies responded to a report of three people breaking into vehicles in the Parowan Travel America truck stop parking lot.

Parowan Police Sergeant Mike Berg arrived at the scene alone and made contact with the suspects. As he approached Casimiro, he told her to remove her hands from her pockets, the sergeant wrote in is report, according to The Spectrum.

According to Sgt. Berg, Casimiro then took two swipes at him with a screwdriver, at which point he retreated to a safer position and drew his weapon, holding the belligerent woman at bay.

The sergeant then notified dispatch about the attack and waited for backup to arrive.

When Cpl. Dunn arrived at the scene, he immediately directed Casimiro to drop the screwdriver, bodycam footage showed.

“Well, I would say it’s a good idea to but a screwdriver down, right?” he asked Casimiro, as she stood next to a second burglary suspect, 34-year-old Jose Flores.

“Why? What am I doing?” Casimiro countered before she began arguing incoherently.

“Well, I’m gonna talk to you, but I don’t want this guy next to you getting hurt, so I’m going to have you come talk…”

“No,” Casimiro interrupted. “He’s not going nowhere.”

Cpl. Dunn again attempted to convince the suspects to separate, but continued to meet resistance.

“I’m worried that maybe she’s gonna hurt you with that,” he cautioned Flores.

Casimiro then spun away from the officers and appeared to intend to leave the area.

“You’re not free to leave, you’re not free to leave,” Cpl. Dunn told her.

“Let’s go. Go ahead and blow,” she responded, briefly walking back towards to corporal.

“You come at me with that knife, I guarantee I’ll smoke you — I guarantee it, OK? You want this to happen? I’d get back if I were you,” he warned the belligerent woman.

“Trust me, I can never, never die,” Casimiro responded dismissively. “Go ahead – blow. I wanna see.”

Corporal Dunn again directed Flores to move back.

“I just don’t want you to get in the way,” he warned him.

“I can take her out like last time,” Cpl. Dunn said, referring to a similar incident in 2012 during which he wounded a knife-wielding man who was moving towards him and Sgt. Berg in a “threatening manner,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“You want me to take her out like last time?” he asked.

Cpl. Dunn then deployed his Taser, which had no effect on the argumentative woman, the video showed.

“Did it work? Did it work?” Casimiro taunted the corporal. “Did it work, n----r?...I don’t think so.”

“Okay, that’s all I’ve got for Taser,” Cpl. Dunn said, backing away from Casimiro.

“Drop the screwdriver!” Sgt. Berg commanded, but Casimiro’s attention remained fixed on the corporal.

“What’s up?” she asked him, raising the screwdriver in her right hand and shuffling her foot in his direction.

Cpl. Dunn then fired three rounds at her legs, two of which struck her in the right knee, the New York Post reported.

Casimiro dropped to the ground and was eventually taken into custody.

“She’s got more stuff – more weapons in her pocket,” Cpl. Dunn announced as he secured Casimiro’s handcuffs and placed a tourniquet on her leg.

Casimiro was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, The Spectrum reported.

She was subsequently charged with two counts of vehicle burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, assault against a peace officer, and interference with an arresting officer.

Flores was charged with two counts of vehicle burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The third suspect, later identified as 24-year-old Michael Salvador Torres, fled the scene when officers arrived and was arrested later in the day. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and vehicle burglary.

“Nationwide, police officers deal with millions of calls per year and very few of those interactions with the public end up in a shooting," Enoch Police Chief Jackson Ames told The Spectrum. "Police officers have a difficult job to do and they go into it knowing that.”

The city officials’ report indicated that Cpl. Dunn “chose to incapacitate the female suspect using lethal force in a nonlethal manner,” by shooting her in her legs as opposed to center-mass, NBC News reported. He knew he had a tourniquet and planned o nbeing able to stop any bleeding.

But Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett argued that Casimiro presented no “imminent threat of harm” to the officers because she did not charge at them and did not attempt to flee, the New York Post reported.

He said that Cpl. Dunn had “mentally purchased” a plan to shoot the belligerent woman because he was aware she was armed and that she had attempted to assault Sgt. Berg.

“It appears that the situation was manageable at the time Corporal Dunn arrived and it would have seemed reasonable for officers to continue de-escalation tactics until the situation could be more fully contained,” Garrett claimed. “Corporal Dunn was only on scene for three minutes before firing shots.”

Cpl. Dunn was found to be in violation of city policy by simultaneously drawing both his firearm and his Taser, Enoch City Manager Rob Dotson told the New York Post.

Consequently, the entire four-man police department will receive additional Taser training.

Cpl. Dunn will remain on administrative leave until all other involved agencies – including the city’s insurance carrier and the Utah Department of Public Safety – have completed their investigations into the incident.

You can watch bodycam footage of the altercation in the video below:

Comments (20)
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JBo
JBo

"...do not believe they could prove criminal intent"? Really? Tell you what...let her come after you with a screwdriver and swing at you a couple of times. Then come talk to us about criminal intent...but you might be right. She probably was trying to give the officer a Christmas card.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Comply Don't Die! in this sit. Get Shot

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

an Illegal?

WalterL48
WalterL48

I believe the "21 foot rule" would apply here. He was justified.

Milman
Milman

Attorneys like Iron County Attorney Scott Garrett are the kind of attorneys that get officers killed... Wait, Wait, Wait... Sometimes waiting gets them killed. Take this "attorney" along with you guys for a week or so and see if he changes his mind! I am surprised ANYONE wants to be officers these days. No matter what you do, Attorneys will find a way to make it wrong! Shoot, No don't shoot... Use a Taser... No no, Don't use a taser... He should have put one CENTER MASS … That is POLICY!

GMMiller
GMMiller

Sadly she may now be on disability for the rest of her life.

nadkram
nadkram

She was given every chance... stupid bitch

Gramercy
Gramercy

Applaudable actions! Nice going!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

He chose to wound, not kill, an armed opponent that had already assaulted another officer. I think he did a good job with a very deranged perp . As for that "attorney".....he needs to go to Detroit or Chicago and spend a week or three riding along with officers. Let's see how easily he can "talk down" real life perps .

Gandy
Gandy

Those illegal Canadians are that bright aren't they. LOL.

LEO0301
LEO0301

“Corporal Dunn was only on scene for three minutes before firing shots.” What does that have to do with the officer's decision to shoot? With that logic if I stop a car for a traffic violation and the driver starts shooting at me this attorney would want me to wait for awhile before shooting back. The time element is dictated by the bad guy with the weapon. I swear, I'm beginning to hate attorneys as much as I do liberals.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Close case. I could see a justified or unjustified ruling. "Unjustified" but no charges seems like kind of a fair compromise result.

burgerallday
burgerallday

Big B, just stop. Quit submitting to that urge to write stupid shit. Nobody cares what you think. Little b.

Boogers Allday
Boogers Allday

I wonder if stricter screw driver control would have prevent her from having to be shot?

JMK2244
JMK2244

Wow. So, let's commit burglary and then just taunt the police with a weapon, daring them to "blow" her away. SMH.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

@Boogers Allday it may have prevented the deaths of two police officers here. If she had had a gun then she might have blown them both away. Glad that didn't happen because blue lives matter.

Greg San
Greg San

It just seems so easy to not get shot...

angelia
angelia

They should of tased the man lurking around that woman he had many chances to leave so maybe she' would of calm down.

Voodoo_Actual
Voodoo_Actual

You're right! I would have also feared for my life if a 4ft tall Spanish Indian Oompa Loompa armed with a phillips head was muttering at me! lol SMH