AUSTIN (KXAN) — The woman shot and killed by two Austin police officers early Sunday morning has been identified. Police said Monday the weapon 26-year-old Micah Jester was pointing at officers, while telling them to shoot and kill her, was a replica semi-automatic BB gun.
The two officers who shot Jester were identified by the department as Deborah Lindeman, a mental health officer, and Richard Smith. Both have been with the department for around three years.
Asst. Chief Troy Gay said the officers gave Jester commands to drop the weapon, but she moved towards them while pointing the gun at Lindeman and Smith. The officers then fired their weapons. As Jester was lying on the ground, police say she was still moving after being shot and she still “had the weapon in her hand pointing at the direction of the officers.” Fearing they were still in danger, Gay says the officers fired several more shots.
The woman was taken to the hospital where she died.
Following standard protocol, both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. “Our hearts go out to everyone involved in this tragic incident,” Austin police said in a statement.
A number of agencies are investigating the officer-involved shooting, including APD’s Internal Affairs Unit, the Office of the Police Monitor and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. A Travis County grand jury will also review the incident.
In July 2015, a man who pointed a BB gun at officers was shot and killed. A dispatcher described Richard Munroe, 25, as “distraught” and “suicidal.” An officer tried using a stun gun, but it was ineffective.