Witness: Teen Pointed Gun At Cop Before She Was Shot; Now Family Demands Justice

A replica Beretta handgun was found next to 17-year-old Hannah Linn Williams' body after the fatal shooting.

Anaheim, CA – A 17-year-old girl armed with a replica Beretta 92 FS handgun was fatally shot by a Fullerton police officer after a collision with the patrol car Friday night.

The incident began at approximately 7 p.m., when a uniformed, on-duty Fullerton Police Department (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 Tuesday.

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

The teen’s vehicle and the officer’s patrol SUV “made physical contact” at some point during the encounter, but police and prosecutors have released few other details about what led up to the altercation.

The suspect’s family members identified her as 17-year-old Hannah Linn Williams, according to The Orange County Register.

A witness said she saw Williams standing outside her vehicle on the freeway with her arms raised and a gun in her hand.

The witness said that Williams was walking towards the officer at the time.

Another witness said that the object Williams was holding was a cell phone, not a gun.

“An officer-involved shooting occurred and a replica Beretta 92 FS handgun was recovered at the scene next to the female,” the district attorney’s office said in the press release. “The gun was later identified as a replica handgun designed to look like a real Beretta 92 FS.”

A witness reported having heard the crash, followed by two gunshots, KTLA reported.

Williams was transported to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her gunshot wounds.

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

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 Tuesday, 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 that police didn’t find the weapon until they searched the inside of the rental vehicle Williams was driving.

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. “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.

Williams’ godmother, activist Lynnette Campbell, said that the high school senior was hard-working and honest, The Orange County Register reported.

“As of today, we still do not have clear answers about what happened to Hannah,” Campbell said. “The information that we have received from the police department has changed several times.”

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said that dashcam and bodycam footage of the altercation will not be immediately released, as video is normally released after their investigation is complete.

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.

The family has also demanded that the officer involved in the altercation be suspended without pay.

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.

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toughguy
toughguy

"We don't have no clue." Doesn't that quote accurately summarize all those whose demonization of the police makes an already dangerous job even more dangerous?

Da$
Da$

With the absurd comments of her family, is there any surprise that she did what she did. "Activist" relatives and calls for racist "Rev Al" to get involved proves all anyone needs to know. "Replica" means exactly that. The gun, which is illegal for her to posses, looks the same as a real gun. But, knowing the insanity of Cali, there will be a new law requiring officers to take three to the chest before they can fire their weapon.

Skycop
Skycop

I sense that the girl may have had mental issues that the family and friends are not disclosing here. Why the fake gun? Did she have prior contacts with the police? Since she is a juvenile, her records are sealed. It may well have been "a suicide by cop" action. One thing is for certain, who in today's society does not know to point a weapon at a police officer? Who does not know what is going to be the response to that act? The minute I see a "activist" mentioned or that idiot Sharpton being called on, I suspect a money grab.

Wyatt Earp
Wyatt Earp

Sounds like the girl was going through some serious mental issues, pathetic that the fake Reverend Jarrett Maupin is making accusations when he wasn't there.

Ngtowl1966
Ngtowl1966

If you tip of that toy gun isn’t painted fluorescent orange,then it’s considered real and besides that it’s unlawful to have one of those in CA

Constable
Constable

The girl got justice. You point what appears to be a firearm at an officer trained in deadly response and you will be shot.

ElleD
ElleD

She got her justice, they just don't like the outcome. I hate more than anything she is dead, but you cannot do what she did and expect anything different. I would have shot her too.

DouglasKowalski
DouglasKowalski

stupid parents raise dumb kids and some of them don't survive reality

Ateamangel
Ateamangel

I don't care if it's a toy gun or a replica gun or a real gun. You have less than 10 - 20 seconds to figure it out weather you want to live or not and react. you point a gun at me, I will shoot you. End of story.

Viewer01
Viewer01

I am sorry the young girl was shot but look at the evidences. This has nothing with race but rather failure to teach responsibility.

So based on this article and others.

  1. She was speeding
  2. Caused a wreck
  3. Had a replica that looked like a real Berretta (illegal under California law). 4.Kept walking toward the police officer with the gun.
  4. Pointed the gun at the officer according to both the police officer and witnesses.
  5. Failed to comply with police order.
  6. Gets shot by the police officer and dies from wounds.

So this 17 years old broke the law at least four times (speading, causing a wreck, in possession of an illegal replica gun) and a minor in possession of an illegal counter band (the gun).

So now instead of the parents accepting the 17 years old died by breaking the law, they pull the race card and a minister who was not there give a statement of something he does not know.

Common sense tells us, if you point a gun (or even a replica gun that looks real) at a police officer you will get shot. That is not rocket science.

Trueblue70
Trueblue70

Well here you have a family that blames everyone but their child, a pastor that is testifying that she didn't have a gun and she was a good person who attended church 9 days out of the 7 fed the hungry gave shelter to the homeless, walked on water and also not to mention the godmother of this saint who is an active activist, guess the godmother when telling her to fight disobey cause mayhem, she forgot to tell her there was repercussions to her actions. Now the parents of this saint wants everyone to raise cain rob steal and loot the town for their precious little innocent unarmed girl. Give me a break. She broke the law and she unfortunately paid the price with her life. End of story. Quit blaming the police for your (the parents) short Cummings in failing to teach your sweetheart of an innocent child you reep what you sow.

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

A fake gun is the same as a real gun....in an armed robbery as well as a suicide by cop. Some people are okay with an officer being shot before responding. I would submit that officers family has a different perspective. Officers go through rigorous training to help them know when an incident arises to the need for lethal force. Hold those who break the law accountable but stop handcuffing good officers from standing in the gap for citizens who could never fill that role.

Blackwolf1
Blackwolf1

I wish someone would walk up to that Reverend LOUD MOUTH, and pull a "Fake gun" but act like its real and scare the shit out of him and see if he has the same attitude.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This young lady, who looks very white, should never have pointed a gun, real or replica, at a police officer. This is what happens. There's a lesson to be learned here.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

"It is a crime to possess a replica gun in the state of California"..nuff said. The minister should remember his scriptures..." Judge not lest ye be judged". Al Sharpton being relevant...ridiculous.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

"A fake gun is a fake gun,” he declared." unless you point said fake gun in the direction of a police officer it will then be considered real until the truth is known ,unfortunately this will likely be after you have been shot for pointing a gun at anyone.