Video shows officer fatally shooting ax-wielding woman

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee have released video of a shooting in which a white police officer kills a black woman who was approaching him while wielding a medieval-style ax.

The Tennessean reports that the video, released Thursday, shows Gallatin Officer James Spray telling 40-year-old Laronda Sweatt, who was holding the ax, to stop approaching him multiple times before fatally shooting her.

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The footage was captured from a camera on Spray’s vest as well as from another officer.

Authorities say Sweatt had become combative when Sumner County sheriff’s deputy Gary Pickard accompanied housing authorities to serve an eviction notice on her Wednesday.

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Sweatt’s daughter Alainna Sweatt says the 40-second video has been edited and doesn’t tell the full story.

Spray is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

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Information from: The Tennessean,

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