PHOENIX, AZ – Police in Phoenix, Arizona recently released the body cam footage of an officer-involved shooting of a 24-year-old female suspect who shot at and nearly struck police after lying about being in possession of a firearm.
The incident reportedly happened during the morning hours of July 8th, near the area of the I-17 and Peoria Avenue.
A 911 call came in from a man saying that he had to kick out his roommate because she “was becoming crazy,” and when police arrived on the scene, they encountered 24-year-old Jovanna Kelsey McCreary.
The 911 caller had informed police that the “crazy” roommate had fired a gun after being kicked out.
McCreary, who was identified as the kicked-out roommate, had a brief interaction with officers claiming that another female had fired a weapon inside of the apartment. Police continued to interview the woman, and noted that among her personal effects she had some bullets.
This led officers asking McCreary as to whether she had a gun on her person – to which she said she did not. Officers also found drugs in the bag that she had with her, and after the brief interaction, one of the officers attempted to apply handcuffs to McCreary.
And that is when the gun came into play.
One of the officers can be heard saying:
“Don’t be stupid.”
A firearm can be heard going off. Police say it was McCreary’s which she had concealed in her waistband. Two officers returned fire on the suspect, where she was reportedly hit twice.
McCreary was initially in critical condition when transported to the hospital on July 8th, but was taken into custody after she was discharged. The suspect was arrested under charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, and drug possession.
The Phoenix Police Department are currently investigating the shooting at this time. No officers were injured during the interaction with the suspect.
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In Lakeland, Georgia, police say that a Florida man that is a homicide suspect was reportedly shot numerous times during exchanged gunfire with deputies in Georgia on July 22nd.
The suspect is currently hospitalized, while a deputy had reportedly suffered a graze wound during the fray.
Florida homicide suspect caught in south Georgia after shootout with deputies https://t.co/4THLR5W0Y5
— All Things FOX30 (@AllthingsFOX30) July 24, 2020
The suspect in question is 37-year-old William “Billy” Welland, from Tampa, Florida. Police arrested Welland in Lanier County after authorities in Tampa had Welland listed as a suspect in the killing of a 29-year-old man on July 21st.
Welland, a convicted felon, was just released from prison back in February of this year after serving a 10-year sentence for various robberies in Hillsborough County, Florida.
What led authorities in Georgia to happening upon Welland started out as a report of a home invasion in Lakeland where a homeowner was shot and the suspect tried to steal their vehicle.
Authorities were able to identify Welland as the suspect involved in the home invasion and shooting in Lakeland.
Updates in Lanier County OIS involving police & William “Billy” Welland, Jr., age 37.
— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) July 23, 2020
The condition of the homeowner shot in Lakeland has not been released at this time, but it was reported that they’re being treated at a hospital in Valdosta, Georgia.
Police were then able to spot the stolen vehicle that belonged to the Florida murder victim that Welland had been using since fleeing from the state, and a chase began.
While the chase was ongoing, Welland crashed the stolen Audi, and had managed to steal a mini-van while police were hot on his tail.
The chase had eventually ended in Lanier County, but that was also the point where Welland was said to have opened fire at deputies. A female deputy, who was reportedly on her first shift with the department after having previously worked with the Adel Police Department, was grazed by a bullet in her arm.
The deputy hit was said to have been treated at Valdosta hospital and released shortly thereafter. Investigators from the Tampa Police are currently in Georgia following up on the homicide investigation from Florida.
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