Bodycam footage showing cops in Kansas shooting dead a disturbed woman in August has been released. Police in the town of Olathe shot Ciara Howard, 26, dead on August 23, 2017. In January 2018, the footage showing her death was released publicly thanks to a lawsuit filed by the Kansas City Star.
Howard is shown in the video to be wielding a gun. The victim also refuses to adhere to police orders and when they enter her room, she allegedly pointed her gun at officers. The shooting has already been deemed to be justified. Police were at the house, which is where Howard’s boyfriend lives, to arrest her on a probation violation at around 3 p.m. The officers who fired were two Olathe cops and one Johnson County sheriff’s deputy. The Star reported in September 2017 that Howard’s death had been deemed justifiable lethal force, according to the Johnson County District Attorney. No officers were injured during the incident.
Fox Kansas City reported in September 2017 that Howard was on a work release program from prison, where she was serving time for theft as well as a parole violation stemming from June. Her boyfriend, Larry Sumners, told the station that he didn’t know that Howard was on a release and was due to return to jail. Howard was inside Sumners’ bedroom at the time of the standoff with the cops. He told Fox Kansas City that he tried to plead with Howard to surrender through the bedroom window. Sumner says, “I was just telling her to put the gun down and come outside and sit with me for a few minutes, and then just go finish her time because she didn’t have that much left. I told her I was not going to leave her. I thought I almost had her put but I guess not.”