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Video: Mo. Woman Grabs Cop's Gun, Kills Self In Cruiser

July 05, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Mo. Woman Kills Self In Cruiser

A woman being transported to the hospital by an Alton (Mo.) Police officer on Wednesday grabbed the officer's gun and turned it on herself during a scuffle in the front seat of the cruiser.

Stephanie Hicks, 20, fatally shot herself at about 9 a.m. during the ride after the officer found her walking across the Clark Bridge. Hicks was not suicidal on the bridge and was medically cleared by paramedics, reports St. Louis Today.

During interviews with KTVI, family members blamed the officer for the death. Hicks is 5-foot-1 and 100 pounds.

"How did that little girl get that gun," said Joan Singleton, Hicks' grandmother. "Tell me how she got that gun from a police officer."

Alton Police Chief David Hayes said his officer didn't violate departmental proceedures.


Comments (7)

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Adam @ 7/5/2012 7:18 PM

Number 2 reason why no department should have a policy of transporting ANYONE in the front seat next to the officer. Of course the number one is it could have been the officer killed.

[email protected] @ 7/5/2012 9:38 PM

I'm wondering why she was being transported to a hospital if she was cleared by EMTs and was not suicidal? And in the front seat? No class 3 holster? Sad.

DaveSAM25G @ 7/6/2012 3:20 AM

Both Adam & Bob hit it here! Lot's of why's...May need to look at the procedures again? Very sad...

S.S. @ 7/6/2012 6:49 AM

Tragic, but it's another case of suicide by cop in a way. Glad to know the officer is fine. The family of the female I know they're greiving, but how do they blame the officer? Clearly they didn't know what the girl was feeling. Her family though has no right to blame the officer. He was there to HELP, so please stop blaming the officer and think about it. It was not the officer's fault. She clearly had problems and checked out on her own!!!

Chuck McKenzie @ 7/6/2012 12:21 PM

The officer was from the Alton, IL, PD, and had picked the woman up as she walked on a bridge in 100+ degree heat. He received permission from the watch commander to transport her to a St. Louis County, MO, hospital for psychiatric treatment when she somehow pulled his firearm from his holster and shot herself. Since the officer is blamed by the family for the death, why was she walking about ten miles to the hospital? Why did

no one from her family drive her there, which would have allevited the incident in the first place? The news report showed the family; really a classy bunch. The officer is reported to be extremely distraught at the incident.

Bob R @ 7/8/2012 9:43 AM

This is the conundrum we are in, treat people like people and it works 99% of the time or treat people like enemies and animals which turns them against us and let's those not in this officers position criticize him.

Sgt. Mike @ 4/4/2013 5:18 AM

Adam, that's a bit short sighted. My agency has very few caged units, and for those of us that have patrolled without a caged unit there one thing you know about it for sure, and that is that you'd rather have the bad guy beside you and not behind you. We don't know enough about this case to say that the officer made any mistake. He may not have had any choice in vehicles.

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