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:

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByakYzVAYqZ/

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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.

No. 51-53
Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Oh she's one of these Instagram idiots.... The PD I worked for would have made her leave or arrested her on the spot for obstruction. And confiscated that phone for evidence.

Trust Me
Trust Me

Should have been arrested for obstruction at the least! Then at the end of the video she calls them IGNORANT COPS for pulling up their car to protect them all from oncoming traffic. It obstructed her video view!

MsMisty82
MsMisty82

Except he wasn't even the suspect. He was released w no charges. He just loosely matched the description. Ya know... He was black. But it would be too hard for yall to look up the whole story, huh