Woman Points Replica Submachine Gun At Cop, Officer Responds With Real Bullets

Police said 26-year-old Hannah Westall pulled a replica Uzi out of her pants and pointed it at the police sergeant.

San Antonio, TX – A San Antonio police sergeant fatally shot a woman who pulled a replica Uzi submachine gun on him in a shopping center parking lot on Wednesday.

The incident occurred at about 5:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Huebner Commons Shopping Center near Huebner Road and Vance Jackson on the northwest side of the city, the San Antonio Express reported.

Officers responded to the shopping center after receiving calls about an “agitated woman” who was “very distraught” outside the shopping center, according to the police report.

"People who saw her noticed she had a gun tucked into the back of her sweatpants," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said at a press conference. "[She] had her hands up, fists clenched."

San Antonio Police Sergeant David Perry, a 23-year veteran of the police force, ordered the woman to put her hands up, the San Antonio Express reported.

Chief McManus said that 26-year-old Hannah Westall "ignored" Sgt. Perry's commands and "reached behind her back and pulled out a gun from her waistband.”

Westall raised the gun toward Sgt. Perry as if to shoot him, and the law enforcement officer opened fire, the San Antonio Express reported.

"It got to the point where the sergeant felt compelled to use deadly force," Chief McManus said, according to KIII. "He shot multiple times, striking her in the upper torso and the lower torso."

Sgt. Perry was not injured in the altercation, police said. Westall died at the scene.

Police said detectives investigating the incident had determined that the Uzi in Westall’s possession was a “non-functional replica of a handheld machine gun,” the San Antonio Express reported.

The replica was “visually indistinguishable from a fully functional gun,” police said.

Authorities said the shooting remains under investigation, WOAI reported.

Comments (28)
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Buffrat
Buffrat

When is "this Suicide by" Cop shit going to stop!

Ghost31289
Ghost31289

‘tHe cOp sHoUld rEcoGniZe a FaKe gUn’

-Burgers Allday probably

USveteran
USveteran

i believe the police were absolutely correct in this matter. they were threatened and responded to end the threat. i have always respected the uniform and badge. granted their are some that dishonor the uniform and badge but they are in the minority. may all of you be safe on our streets, and thankyou for YOUR SERVICE! .

LynnSB
LynnSB

Sgt. Perry -- God Bless - glad you are ok -- as for the person well if your going to have a Gun Fight you should bring a real gun -- especially with a Trained Police Officer --

RPG156
RPG156

And sadly, under proposed law (in California) the officer would be charged with murder because the gun wasn't real. It is sad that this woman used the officer to commit suicide. And it is also sad that the officer and his family will have to live with her choice.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Another obvious suicide by cop incident. When someone points a gun at you regardless if you are a cop or not, the first instinct is to protect yourself. You don't have time to check out if the weapon is real or fake. I have seen toy guns in stores that if they weren't in the toy section I would find it hard to tell if it was real. So in an intense situation like this was, taking the time to analyze could be fatal for the cop. My heart goes out to the officer and his family.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

As bad and traumatic as it was for the officer, his training and instinct took over and he did what had to be done.

As for the question "When will the Suicide-by-Cop stop, " I feel we should be much more concerned about the Cop Suicides which have become all too common all of a sudden.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Clearly a suicide by cop. Hope the poor guy doesn't get charged for doing his job.

Sheriff01
Sheriff01

When someone points a weapon or a facsimile of a weapon at a law enforcement office, for whatever reason, that person can expect to get shot.

NickyJ
NickyJ

What a stupid bitch she won’t do that again good for the police

dondamit
dondamit

Stupid is an stupid does , 4 sure she will never do that again

Sgt167
Sgt167

Suicide by cop