A Houston woman was shot multiple times in her friend’s apartment by police officers responding to a call from a nearby unit about an intruder, an incident that her attorney, the National Rights Advocate, said civic leaders Ben Crump, “should never have happened.”
The woman, Eboni Pouncy, was injured in the Feb. 3 shooting and is recovering, Crump said in a statement.
Body camera footage from two Harris County sheriff’s deputies showed them approaching Pouncy’s friend’s apartment. The videos, released Saturday along with a video statement about the incident, show one of the officers banging on the door and shouting, “Sheriff’s office!
The two deputies move away from the front door toward the windows.
A deputy can be heard in the footage saying she sees someone coming to the door and yelling, “Gun! The deputies begin firing their weapons repeatedly, reload and continue shooting, the videos show.
The sheriff’s office said a handgun was later found in the apartment near the entrance.
While Crump acknowledged that Pouncy was holding his legally registered weapon, he added in a statement Monday that “this newly released body camera footage is evidence of the unnecessary and excessive force used against” his client.
“The video shows that the deputies who responded to Eboni’s friend’s house were shot first and asked questions later,” Crump said.
In an earlier statement, he compared it to the shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was fatally shot by police in Louisville, Kentucky, during a botched raid at her home in 2020.
“It is clear from the video and Eboni’s injuries that the deputies were not justified in shooting him five times,” Crump wrote on X on Monday. “We demand that the MPs involved be immediately held accountable for the terrible injuries Eboni suffered due to their impulsive actions. »
The sheriff’s office said officers were called to the Pines of Woodforest Apartments around 2:10 a.m. after a woman reported someone was inside her apartment, the sheriff’s office said in a video release.
The first deputy on scene emptied the apartment and made sure it was “safe and secure,” according to authorities.
After a second deputy arrived, someone from a neighboring unit alerted deputies and told them someone had broken into another apartment.
The two deputies went to this apartment which belonged to Pouncy’s friend. There, officers reported seeing “the front window screen removed, glass broken and blinds raised, near the front door,” the sheriff’s office said in a video statement.
Crump said the window was broken because Pouncy’s friend forgot her house key and the women broke the window to get in.
“A neighbor heard the glass shatter and informed deputies already present about the noise,” he said in a statement.
Pouncy, fearing it was an intruder, grabbed her handgun and approached the door, according to Crump. Shortly after, she was shot and killed by deputies.
The shooting remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office’s homicide unit. The Harris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Unit are conducting their own independent investigations. The two deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave.
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