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Woman Fatally Shot by SJPD Was Holding Cordless Drill: Police
NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Posted on 08/15/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway

A woman who allegedly threatened to kill her family was fatally shot by a police officer in San Jose Thursday morning, a police spokesman said.

Officers responded at 10:36 a.m. to the 700 block of Blossom Hill Road on a report of a woman with an Uzi-style firearm who was threatening to kill family members inside a home, San Jose police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

A man named "Michael," gave NBC Bay Area some cell phone video of the woman leading up to her death. She is pictured aiming the drill in front of her, while at other times, she lifts up her other hand as if surrendering.

Carrying Cordless Drill Before Being Shot by San Jose PoliceMichael gave NBC Bay Area some cell phone video showing a woman carrying a cordless drill in San Jose on Thursday, before being fatally shot by San Jose Police.

Police tried to negotiate with the woman when she exited the home and was commanded by officers to drop the weapon. Police said the woman did not comply and was shot at least once by Officer Wakana Okuma when she pointed the weapon toward officers.

The weapons was later determined by police to be a cordless drill that was painted black.

"In fear for her safety and the safety of the public, Officer Wakana Okuma fired at the subject striking her at least once," police said in a press release.

Okuma has 13 years serving as a police officer.

The woman was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and pronounced dead at around 12:39 p.m., according to Morales.

The delay in reporting the death was due to the confirmation of her identity and notification to next of kin, police said. Her identity is not being released at this time, but police said she is 19 years old. Morales said he didn't know what family members might have been in the house with the woman prior to the shooting, but said that no family members nor officers were injured in the incident.

Morales called the report of someone armed with a possible Uzi weapon threatening family members "a very, very serious situation for our officers."

The Police Department's homicide unit is investigating the shooting.

Richard Garcia, 34, didn't see the shooting but heard it and saw the woman being loaded onto a gurney by first responders afterward.

"I heard the shot, it went 'Boom,'" Garcia said.

He said police officers were very aggressive in seeking potential witnesses who might have filmed or photographed the incident.


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1 posted on 08/15/2014 9:58:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Shot her because she was Black. And Decker.


2 posted on 08/15/2014 9:58:44 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: nickcarraway

Never bring a cordless drill to a gun fight.


3 posted on 08/15/2014 9:58:49 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Larry Lucido
Shot her because she was Black. And Decker.

We have our winner.

4 posted on 08/15/2014 9:59:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t drill me bro.


5 posted on 08/15/2014 10:00:18 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: nickcarraway
"I heard the shot, it went 'Boom,'" Garcia said.

They usually do.

6 posted on 08/15/2014 10:00:57 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: dfwgator

Especially if it’s an Assault Cordless drill. That’s REALLY scary.


7 posted on 08/15/2014 10:01:36 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: nickcarraway

Dynamite goes “boom”. Guns go “pow”. Not a reliable witness and certainly not an expert on explosives.


8 posted on 08/15/2014 10:02:10 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: Larry Lucido

GREAT ONE!..................................


9 posted on 08/15/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, it had a 7.6mm bit.


10 posted on 08/15/2014 10:03:28 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: dfwgator

was shot at least once by Officer Wakana Okuma

11 posted on 08/15/2014 10:03:48 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: nickcarraway

A 19 year old girl with a drill? Really? If a cop can’t tell the difference between a dill and an Uzi, maybe he better find another occupation.


12 posted on 08/15/2014 10:04:18 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: cuban leaf

They didn’t specify, it may have been a .5 caliber drill..................


13 posted on 08/15/2014 10:04:38 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: nickcarraway
Seriously!?!!

Who needs a tool box that holds 30 drill bits?

14 posted on 08/15/2014 10:05:22 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys-Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat-But they know what's best for you.)
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To: C210N

“Especially if it’s an Assault Cordless drill. That’s REALLY scary.”

Tools in my hinds are deadly weapons. I’ve almost killed myself more than a few times.


15 posted on 08/15/2014 10:05:49 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: VerySadAmerican

16 posted on 08/15/2014 10:06:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

“In fear for her safety and the safety of the public, Officer Wakana Okuma fired at the subject striking her at least once,” police said in a press release.

They had to kill her for her own safety? If she was outside as reported and wasn’t within range of anyone to actually injure them with the drill, I would think there could have been another way to bring down a woman holding a screwdriver than to kill her.


17 posted on 08/15/2014 10:08:07 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: nickcarraway

Suicide by cop?


18 posted on 08/15/2014 10:10:59 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Red Badger

Should that be “Hakuna Makita”?


19 posted on 08/15/2014 10:12:24 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Red Badger

They didn’t specify, it may have been a .5 caliber drill..................


Also, was it a high speed drill? Was she wearing an apron?


20 posted on 08/15/2014 10:14:42 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The US will not survive the obama presidency. The world may not either.)
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To: Flick Lives

Hahaha


21 posted on 08/15/2014 10:14:43 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (This town needs an enema)
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To: sima_yi

That’s what I think.


22 posted on 08/15/2014 10:15:59 AM PDT by MarMema (Run Ted Run)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Perhaps he’s just not very well-versed in onomatopoeia.


23 posted on 08/15/2014 10:16:17 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: nickcarraway
determined by police to be a cordless drill that was painted black...

Ah hah, this evidence shows aggravating circumstances - the drill was modified, enhanced to make it clearly an assault tool. She obviously altered the metal finish. Did she modify the grip as well? Was the trigger modified for continuous drilling?

24 posted on 08/15/2014 10:16:33 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Flick Lives

LOL!...................


25 posted on 08/15/2014 10:16:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: nickcarraway

And an officer used his long distance cordless hole puncher to drill a woman...


26 posted on 08/15/2014 10:18:24 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Rusty0604
They had to kill her for her own safety?

Yep

27 posted on 08/15/2014 10:22:06 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: nickcarraway

Cops no longer have the ability to think and make rational judgment calls.

99% of the police need to be disarmed.
They do not protect; and they do not prevent crime.
What they do is document crimes and collect evidence.
They can’t and won’t stop you from becoming a crime victim; that is your job.
Ever wonder why British bobbies were not armed?
It’s because they investigated crimes, collected evidence and tracked down criminals. The common citizens were armed and took care of their own protection.
The only purpose for SWAT and heavily armed police is to apprehend dangerous criminals who have been identified and located.
If you deploy heavily armed police and SWAT for common crimes and crowd control then expect them to kill innocent citizens.
If the cops complain about not carrying lethal weapons, then give them a can of mace and a club. These normally non-lethal weapons will reduce the deaths of dogs and citizens alike.
If a cop encounters a dangerous situation, then he should call for armed backup; he should not start out by pulling his gun.


28 posted on 08/15/2014 10:24:15 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves. America is no longer a Free Country.)
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To: nickcarraway; Larry Lucido; dfwgator; listenhillary; unixfox; C210N; VerySadAmerican; Red Badger; ..
You Know The Drill:
Stop, Drop, and Cower
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29 posted on 08/15/2014 10:24:54 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: thackney

the “she” being refereed to is the officer. Officer Wakana Okuma is a female.


30 posted on 08/15/2014 10:28:24 AM PDT by cantbetooconservative (I miss Ronald Reagan)
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To: OneWingedShark; dfwgator

THIS IS A DRILL!................

31 posted on 08/15/2014 10:28:35 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: thackney

I just watched the video, and the girl does point the drill at the cops several times like she is aiming a gun. I still think they should be able recognize a drill from a gun, but it does look like the girl was trying to get a reaction from the cops...

On a separate note, I think I used to live in the unit this girl was in front of. At least I know I lived in a unit on that exact corner about 15 years ago... Those are not apartments, but are 4-plexes.


32 posted on 08/15/2014 10:30:52 AM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: Flick Lives
I admire you Verbal SKIL.
33 posted on 08/15/2014 10:31:00 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: cantbetooconservative

Yep, I missed that. Thanks


34 posted on 08/15/2014 10:32:08 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer.)
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To: cantbetooconservative

Let’s try that again:
The “her” being referred to is the officer. Wakana Okuma is a female.


35 posted on 08/15/2014 10:32:21 AM PDT by cantbetooconservative (I miss Ronald Reagan)
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"The delay in reporting the death was due to the confirmation of her identity and notification to next of kin..."

Ummmm.... Wouldn't her next of kin family members who were looking out the front window be able to identify her?

36 posted on 08/15/2014 10:33:09 AM PDT by Hatteras
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37 posted on 08/15/2014 10:35:22 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: nickcarraway

“Halt or I’ll drill ya.”

Seriously, 19 years old. Must have either been drugged out or mentally disturbed.


38 posted on 08/15/2014 10:35:44 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Every time you say no to a liberal, you make the Baby Barack cry.)
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To: nickcarraway

I like a good “assault drill” joke as much as the next guy but I would like to make a couple serious comments:
1. Suicide by cop is about the most selfish strategy for committing suicide I can think of. We like to think that at least some cops are decent people who don’t get a kick out shooting folks and this lady made them shoot her. They have to live with that now. The civilian disarmament people bitch about guns being used in suicides but shooting herself, or drilling herself, would have been much better than making somebody have to live with having shot you.
2. You can complain about the cops thinking a black drill was a gun, but the mind definitely fills things in and you see what you expect to see. I know a guy who arrested someone with his finger. He was in the backyard, couple officers banging on the front door,you know the drill. but the guy jumped out suddenly before my friend expected it and for some reason instead of doing a normal draw he just held out his hands as if he had drawn. The guy expected him to have actually drawn his gun and reacted as if he had.


39 posted on 08/15/2014 10:43:02 AM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: OneWingedShark

She seemed mental. surely someone could have gotten a closer look to see what she had or distracted her. Shoot first, think later.


40 posted on 08/15/2014 10:43:34 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: Larry Lucido
Shot her because she was Black. And Decker.

"Decker? No … I'll just shoot 'er." - cop

41 posted on 08/15/2014 11:14:23 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Black on black egregiosity.


42 posted on 08/15/2014 11:26:08 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: nickcarraway

Bring a drill to a gun fight, you’re screwed.


43 posted on 08/15/2014 11:26:18 AM PDT by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: nickcarraway

Judging by the name, he may have been an immigrant from the Black Continent and may therefore not know the difference between a gun and an electric drill.

If she had appeared with a hair blow drier or paint gun in her hand she would also have been shot.


44 posted on 08/15/2014 11:29:21 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Rusty0604
I would think there could have been another way to bring down a woman holding a screwdriver than to kill her.

Not in these modern times. The only permitted response to a person, man woman or child, acting oddly is to shoot and kill. And say, thereafter, "I felt threatened." The justification for shooting a dog or a citizen or anything else is entirely the feeling of the police officer, or actually, the willingness of the officer to say that magical phrase. It is like crimes of "harassment." The existence of a crime depends on the feelings of the member of a protected class who feels, not on the actions or even thoughts of the "perpetrator."

45 posted on 08/15/2014 11:32:40 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: arthurus

Wakana can suck my bit.


46 posted on 08/15/2014 12:42:46 PM PDT by x1stcav (Leftism is like rust. It corrodes twenty-four hous a day.)
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To: Red Badger

They didn’t specify, it may have been a .5 caliber drill..................

Probably just a 3/8ths


47 posted on 08/15/2014 1:10:41 PM PDT by JAKraig (Surely my religion is at least as good as yours)
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To: Rusty0604

And the officer’s first name was, Chuck!


48 posted on 08/15/2014 1:10:46 PM PDT by SgtHooper (Anyone who remembers the 60's, was not there!)
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To: JAKraig

Unless it was an SEMI AUTOMATIC ASSAULT 0.750 caliber Drill................

49 posted on 08/15/2014 1:19:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: nickcarraway; martin_fierro
Dang, I used to live a couple blocks from there!

SV Ping

50 posted on 08/15/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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