Shawna Widemann Killed by West Virginia State Police

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At 9:10 p.m., troopers received a 911 call about an unwanted person at the Stop Abusive Family Environments facility (SAFE). Shawna Widemann reportedly was armed with a claw hammer banging on the door. The SAFE facility was put into lock down status,. The troopers found Widemann, who was brandishing a claw hammer. She reportedly ignored orders from the troopers to drop the weapon and lunged at one of the troopers in a threatening manner. At least one trooper shot and killed her.

Victim's Name: Shawna Widemann

Agency Responsible: West Virginia State Police

Gender: Female

Age: 49

Race: Asian

Date of Death: April 29, 2019

County: McDowell

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Official Disposition: Pending investigation/No Known Charges

Criminal Charges: No known charges

Mental Illness: Unknown

Armed: Unclear

Weapon: hammer

Threat Level: other

Fleeing: Not fleeing

Body Camera: No

Washington Post Database ID: 4695

Geography: Rural

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