VIDEO: Wailing Woman Stands In Line Of Fire As Cops Take Down Robbery Suspect

A woman barged onto the scene, refused to move out of the line of fire, and contradicted the officer's instructions.

Hawthorne, CA – A wailing, disruptive woman placed herself in the line of fire on June 7, when she barged into a scene where police were taking a robbery and assault suspect into custody at gunpoint (video below).

The incident occurred at the intersection of Prairie Avenue and El Segundo Boulevard, the woman said in the now-viral cell phone footage.

“They have their guns drawn on this young, black man right here,” she railed, panning over to show a man on his knees facing away from police. “Why are your guns pulled on this young man?”

The suspect, later identified as 24-year-old William Ewell, had been stopped by Hawthorne police after an officer was flagged down by citizens at a gas station at approximately 6:45 a.m., the department said in a press release.

A gas station employee pointed to a male walking across the street, and told the officer he had just assaulted another employee inside the store.

While the officer was gathering information about what had occurred, a witness called 911 to report that a robbery had just taken place at the same location, and that “there were possible weapons involved,” according to the press release.

The officer was able to keep sight of the suspect the witnesses were pointing at, and drove across the intersection to detain him.

He was later identified as Ewell.

Cell phone footage showed Ewell as he hollered over his shoulder at the officers and told them he was unarmed.

“He has no weapons on him!” the woman parroted. “We live right now! We are so live!”

She then interrupted the officers at the scene, and began distracting Ewell by asking him for his name, at which point he began flailing his arms and telling her that people down by the gas station had “attacked” him.

Ewell dropped his hands to speak to the woman, making them no longer visible to the officers who were holding him at gunpoint from behind.

“Get out of my way! Get out of my way!” one of the officers yelled at her, motioning to the side.

Although the officer’s weapon was pointed at Ewell, the woman had positioned herself in front of him, and was directly in the line of fire.

“Are you gonna shoot him?” she asked the officer. “Relax, because they will shoot you – they killed my boyfriend in 2015. Yes, he was killed by the police!”

“You gonna shoot me too, right? For filming, right?” she asked the officers, while still standing in the line of fire. “We live! Look at that big -ss gun she got on this man with no weapon!”

Additional officers rushed to the scene as the officers continued to hold Ewell at gunpoint.

“Is all that really necessary, ma’am?” the woman behind the camera asked. “I’m sorry. I just need to know. Is all the guns drawn on him necessary?”

The woman identified herself as “Sky,” and said that her boyfriend, Leroy Browning, was killed by police in 2015.

“He was killed December 15 at a Taco Bell,” she said simply.

Browning, 30, was already wanted for shooting a victim in a residential robbery when he crashed his vehicle into the business’s drive-thru at approximately 3 a.m., the Los Angeles Daily News reported at the time.

He initially appeared unconscious, but began fighting with police as they tried to conduct field sobriety tests on him at the scene.

Browning then wrapped his arms around one of the deputies, and “began pulling at the deputy’s gun,” police said.

During the struggle that ensued, the deputy warned his colleagues that Browning had gained control of his weapon, and one of the deputies shot Browning multiple times.

The fatal officer-involved shooting was later determined to have been justified, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Sky began wailing in the video as she demanded to know why the officers were holding Ewell at gunpoint.

“Are y’all about to kill this man? Like, look at these big -ss guns they got on this man right now!” she bawled. “Look at this baby!”

Meanwhile, one of the officers ordered Ewell to walk backwards towards her.

“Can y’all just put y’all guns away and somebody get him?” Sky interrupted.

Sky then began begging Ewell not to move, despite the commands the officer was giving him.

A large group of officers ultimately moved forward and placed the suspect into handcuffs, while a couple more officers made their way over to Sky.

The officer calmly explained that Ewell had been stopped because he matched the description of an armed robbery suspect.

“It says a weapon was involved,” the officer explained. “That’s the only reason why he gets held at gunpoint, okay? It’s just for our safety and everybody around’s safety.”

The officer worked to calm Sky down, then asked how she was connected to Ewell.

“I don’t even know him,” she sobbed. “I’m just getting gas. But I care that much!”

The officer then walked away from her, as she began complaining about the police being “ignorant,” the video showed.

While Ewell was being detained, other officers apprehended a second suspect pointed out to them by store employees, the Hawthorne Police Department (HPD) said in the press release.

He was identified as 38-year-old Antoine Freeman.

Investigators determined that Ewell, Freeman, and a third unidentified suspect had gone into the store to argue with a female cashier “over a prior purchase,” according to the press release.

“Ewell then walked behind the counter where the cashier was standing and forcibly grabbed store items from the display,” police said in the release. “The female cashier attempted to stop [Ewell] at which time she was assaulted by the subjects.”

Additional employees were able to “force” the attackers out of the store, according to the press release.

Ewell then allegedly hurled a trashcan, striking one of the employees in the face.

Freeman and Ewell were both arrested for their roles in the robbery and assaults, but police were unable to locate the third suspect.

You can watch Sky’s footage of the scene in the video below:

Comments (171)
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LizDuv
LizDuv

She should have been arrested too.

jfpriv
jfpriv

Drama queen

LunaMay
LunaMay

Standing in front of a police with his/her gun pulled out is the most stupidest and immature thing to do. Seriously wtf is wrong with these people? Just don't cry and complain when you get stuck....

All5xx
All5xx

The police are causing these incidents to happen by not arresting idiots like her and teh DA not prosecuting.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

BOOM, OH CRAP, I THOUGHT THE SAFETY WAS ON..... REALLY, I DID HONEST. Oh well just another day in the hood 🤪Sorry Ewell sorry Sky.

mikeruesing
mikeruesing

good job keeping our nation safe. Except maybe put a mussel on the girl

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

That is a seriously dumb bitch.

rramos
rramos

What an Stupid ass bitch, could have got shot herself

Buffrat
Buffrat

One of those officers should have grabbed her by the shoulders and thrown her out of the line of fire until the situation was controlled. Then bag her stupid ass for obstructing. And if the prosecutors refuse to try her, then as a group the officers should start asserting themselves and refusing to testify or show up for court. These pussies bowing to political correctness is getting old and is getting officers hurt and one day, and if not already, dead!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

“We live right now! We are so live!” There's nothing polite I can say about this idiocy.

61mouse
61mouse

Should have tased her, or check to see if the K9s were hungry

61mouse
61mouse

You don't need to explain shit to her

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Why was she not arrested for interfering with an arrest? you know she would be the first to file a complaint about racism had she been injured by the cops while they were arrested a potentially armed suspect.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

What a fucking cunt.

shooter
shooter

Sheesh...everyone is a frikkin' activist and all young black men are innocent of everything, everywhere, all of the time...right?

shooter
shooter

They could have arrested her for California Penal Code 148(a)(1)...and, for "Stupid in Public"...oh wait, that one's not on the books yet...bummer.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Bitch don’t nobody give a flying fuck about you, or your boyfriend that got killed. Stop your crying you numb fucking ignorant bitch. Mind your own fucking business because you don’t know what thenfuck is going on. Crying and acting a damn fool. Your fucking boyfriend probably got shot because of your fucking mouth. I can’t stand these fucking people who “care” so much making such a big deal over something that doesn’t concern them. Bitch we don’t go to your job and tell you how to do yours, if you even have one. These videos irritate the fuck out of me, dumb bitches like this tryna act all dramatic and think they doing right. She could’ve gotten killed herself. I can’t say enough how much of a dumb bitch this girl is.

stooge819
stooge819

The level of mental illness in urban settings should be of real concern to law enforcement, and to all of us. People who do these things are not right in the head.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Another civil war is coming boys

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

.....and this community just cannot understand why they are so despised and shunned by others. Here is another perfect example as to why.

Prot44
Prot44

So good to see an actual hero for once. #LifeSaved

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Sky needs some serious therapy. I have heard her before filming someone getting arrested and she was crying and kept repeating over and over"my boyfriend got killed in 2015 at a Taco Bell by the police, they shot and killed him" get some help babygirl!!!

GForce48
GForce48

Why the hell wasn't she arrested?

Stanracer
Stanracer

She had no business getting in the way. This incident had nothing to do with her. Just another racist, police hating black person trying to get her 5 minutes of fame. She could have got herself shot. She should have been arrested for obstructing a P.O.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

I would have tackled her ass if I was there!!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The shooting of Browning seems pretty hokey even the way it is described in this pro-police post. I can see why the woman was still upset four years later.

Pack
Pack

He didn’t do nuffin!

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

A clear-cut case of hindering. She should have been arrested.

DaveZ
DaveZ

She could have got that guy shot by her behavior and interfering. Fucking people are ridiculous. She should be charged

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Why was this stupid bitch not arrested? I could not bring myself to watch this pathetic video of this ignorant waste of flesh as it would have made my blood boil so early in the morning.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

She probably wasn't arrested because the police officers realized that she was still angry that other police officers killed her friend, and were empathetic (as good police officers should be in these kinds of circumstances).

Mama1959
Mama1959

Stupid bitch

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Lack of emotional control, anger management, etc seems to be a trait of a certain demographic.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Arrest this loud mouth for intefering..of course liberal da will throw it out. Soooo glad i do not live in ca

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"I don't know the F*** is going on, but I'm going to pretend I do."

STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!

Dhack176
Dhack176

Standing in front of an officer with weapon drawn....well, you can't fix stupid. You....are an idiot. If he would have drawn a weapon, you could have been turned into a human sprinkler and reunited with your boyfriend.

militans Deo
militans Deo

She placed herself into a situation and obstructed officers in the performance of their duties. She refused lawful commands to move. She should have been arrested, regardless of why her idiocy put her there. #idiotlives

FRANCIN
FRANCIN

SHE NEEDS A DOCTOR..

LynnSB
LynnSB

Why the hell wasn't she arrested ??? What Bull Shit ! this is Exactly why these POS do this -- because they know they can get away with it !

polydb
polydb

Should have bean-bagged the loud-mouthed Ghetto Bitch....

Alllivesmatter_314
Alllivesmatter_314

Getting REAL fed up with reading these ignorant comments

Direwolf
Direwolf

What a wonderful "culture"...

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

"Stupid is as Stupid does"

wiley52
wiley52

All 50k of her followers are praising what she did and are saying that the HPD is what’s wrong with America. What a shame

Anomie88
Anomie88

Words don't describe my feelings. This moron is interfering with a police matter, is putting her own life in jeopardy by standing downrange, is inciting the suspect and clearly has an agenda of anarchy. The police should have done their felony stop, then arrested this "SJW" and confiscated the phone as evidence of her crimes. The DA then has to prosecute this behavior. It's ok to stand by and to record the police, but what she did is criminal. Unfortunately, this is the mentality today. It's starts in the home, is cultivated in the schools and what you see here, is the fruits of the democrat mantra: No responsibility, no honor, no reasoning. If it wasn't for the PO-leese, people like her would be raped and murdered by her own neighbors.

RussellSR
RussellSR

Her behavior is endangering herself and others. She refuses actions of others who are trying to ensure her safety. She has displayed irrational behavior. Baker Act her.

Caprice56
Caprice56

She should have been arrested for interfering with an investigation. How would she feel if she was the one robbed or hit in the face with a trash can? Stay out of the way. You don’t know what happened before you stumbled into the scene.

ArmyRangerMom
ArmyRangerMom
  • Look at this baby. Look at this baby* Bitch, he was 24! Gotta throw the * black man* vs white cop into the mix which only incites the others standing around to get mouthy and. Pfft... smh
Grandmoi
Grandmoi

WHY was this foolish woman not arrested???????

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

When you see a bunch of police cars blocking a major intersection to hold a person at gun point, it's probably a big deal and if you just happen to be in the area you probably should back up and get the hell outta dodge.