unarmed black female, 23, murdered by Brooklyn cop

<br />	Scene of Police Involved shooting E38 street and Church avenue.  Narcotics officers fired on a woman in a Toyota Camary on the corner of E38 street and Church avenue, reportedly twice in the chest killing her.  She was transported to Kings COunty Hospital Likely to die.<br />

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Police investigate the scene after 23-year-old Shantel Davis, who was  driving a stolen Toyota Camry, was shot to death at the corner of Church Ave.  and E. 38th St. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.

The unarmed woman shot dead by a Brooklyn detective was arrested three  times last year for charges that include attempted murder, assault and criminal  possession of a weapon.

Shantel Davis, 23, was gunned down Thursday night in a stolen car after she  blew through three red lights, hit a minivan and tried to escape by driving in  reverse.

Now sources reveal Davis was first collared in February last year for  driving on a suspended license after she was pulled over for driving through a  red light.

She was pulled over a month later for running a red light and was caught  tossing marijuana from her car, sources said. Cops also found a gravity knife in  the vehicle and charged her with criminal possession of a weapon.

On May 5, 2011, she was arrested with two others in Brooklyn for allegedly  kidnapping a 29-year-old man, who was shot three times during the wild ordeal.  Davis was booked on charges that include kidnapping, attempted murder, assault  and burglary. She was released on $25,000 bail in December last yearand was due  back in court on Friday, the day after she was killed.
Thursday night’s  incident unfolded about 5:40 p.m. in East Flatbush when two plainclothes  narcotics cops spotted  at the wheel of a gray Toyota Camry she allegedly  carjacked at gunpoint on June 5.
Davis — who had eight arrests on her  rap sheet, sources said — ran a series of red lights along Church Ave. and  crossed a double yellow line to pass cars at E. 38th St., where she smacked into  the minivan, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said.
As the two cops approached  the Camry, they saw Davis slide over to the passenger side, where the seat had  been stripped out, and try to open the door.
One officer, who has been  on the force six years, got hit by the door and was thrown backward, Browne  said. Davis then got back in the driver’s seat, put the car in reverse and hit  the gas, police said.
Simultaneously, another cop, identifed by sources  as Detective Phillip Atkins, 44, was entering the driver’s side of the Camry,  with his gun in hand.
“He’s attempting with the other hand to shift the  gear into park,” Browne said.
“When she’s hitting the gas, a single round  was discharged from his firearm, striking the woman in the chest.”
Browne  said it was too soon to say whether the detective, who has 12 years on the  force, meant to pull the trigger or if it was an accident.

shooting grief

Joe Marino for New York Daily News

Onlookers weep at Church Ave. and E. 38th St. in Brooklyn  Thursday evening after a woman driving a stolen car erratically was shot and  killed on the street.

Witnesses described a scene of chaos before the shooting.
Dave  McKenzie said he heard the cops yelling: “Get out! Get out!”
“They try  to pull her out of the car, and she fights them,” McKenzie said, recalling the  woman screaming, “Let me go! Let me go!”
“ ‘I don’t want to be killed!  Don’t kill me!’ ” the woman yelled, McKenzie added.
Lorraine Preddie,  61, said that after she heard the crash, she saw the detective in a blue NYPD  T-shirt with a shield around his neck.
“The next thing I saw was the  police officer took his gun out and fired a shot,” she said.

Shooting Crowd

Robert Mecea for New York Daily News

Agitated woman protests to police Thursday night after the  unarmed woman was killed in East Flatbush.

Witnesses said it was instantly clear the woman was gravely wounded.“She was  bleeding, and then she just dropped. She fell on the floor facedown. She was  shaking and the blood was just going out of her,” said one woman who works at a  nearby laundermat.
“She was in the street,” Preddie said. “They started  giving her chest compressions and took her in the ambulance.”
Davis died  at Kings County Hospital. Councilman Jumaane Williams broke the news to her  family.
Police said the owner of the Camry confirmed that Davis swiped  the vehicle.
Davis, who was identified by family members, was due in  court Friday on a kidnapping and attempted murder case stemming from a May 2011  attack.

Shooting Memorial

Robert Mecea for New York Daily News

A woman lights a candle at a small memorial for Shantel  Davis at the scene of the melee. ‘She had her whole life in front of her,’ said  her cousin.

“This is like a bad dream,” said cousin Stephanie Gilmer, 40, who called  Davis a “sweetie pie.”
“She was only 23. She had her whole life in front  of her.”
Despite Davis’ criminal record, Assemblyman Nick Perry said he  was concerned about the circumstances of her death “because the investigation I  have seems to suggest this woman was not a threat.”
Mike Palladino, head  of NYPD detectives union, backed Atkins, who had never fired his gun in the line  of duty.
“Based on the facts and the circumstances, I’m confident that  our detective’s actions were appropriate and justified,” Palladino said.


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