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Teen Comes at Officers with Knife, Shot in Texas Police Station

January 27, 2015  | 

Kristiana Coignard, 17, was killed after reportedly brandishing a knife in the Longview, Texas, police station. (Photo: Facebook)
Kristiana Coignard, 17, was killed after reportedly brandishing a knife in the Longview, Texas, police station. (Photo: Facebook)

Longview, Texas, police fatally shot a woman Thursday who they say threatened them in their own lobby with a weapon.

Kristiana Coignard, 17, came to the police department on Cotton Street at 6:28 p.m. Thursday and picked up the red phone to speak to dispatch, saying she needed an officer, police spokeswoman Kristie Brian told the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

"When police arrived to assist her, that’s when she confronted them," Brian said. “She did brandish a weapon. She came at the officers and was shot." The weapon was later identified as a knife.

Police are not releasing the names of the three officers involved at this time. The officers have been placed on administrative leave. The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.

Sunday the city of Longview’s website was temporarily shut down as a result of hacking.

The activist hacking group Anonymous was credited in a video posted on Youtube about the time of the hack. The video said it was in response to Longview Police Department officers’ use of deadly force on 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard after she brandished a knife inside police headquarters last week.

"We ask you what kind of people you hire as a police officer that can’t take a knife from a small, 17-year-old girl?" a digitized voice said in the video.

Comments (12)

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Oh well... @ 1/27/2015 5:18 PM

Live by the knife, die by the gun...dumb kid.

Chuck @ 1/27/2015 6:45 PM

What kind of stupid moron pulls a weapon on a police officer

Leonard Mather @ 1/27/2015 8:06 PM

Anyone going into a police station on a ruse while concealing a weapon, whether it be a knife or gun places him/herself in the position of "survival of the fittest." Were the concealed weapon blunt, such as blackjack, hammer, or wrench, the query posited above about "retrieving" and "disarming" makes sense. However, the Perp had a KNIFE! The best message to be sent in such instances consistent with "survival of the fittest" is to dispatch the Perp. Publish the facts and let it be known to future Perps to NOT ENTER A POLICE STATION WITH A DEADLY WEAPON.

TX Lawman @ 1/28/2015 5:37 AM

Sounds like a case of suicide by cop. I feel bad for the officers who were forced to take her life and I feel bad for the young lady that her life was so awful she felt this was the only way out. My prayers to the officers and the family of the suspect. To anonymous, I would be glad to demonstrate how fast I can cut you up before you can get a shot off. We did this with media personnel many times and every time from 21 feet away the actor was able to stab the reporter multiple times before they could shoot.

Bob @ VA @ 1/28/2015 7:42 AM

Sounds like a cowardly suicide by cop to me. I pray for the officers involved and for the girl's family.

wolf10988 @ 1/28/2015 8:15 AM

Leonard, a blackjack, hammer, or wrench can also be deadly weapons depending on how they are used. If you use any of the (3) items you described and struck or attempted to strike an officer in the head, that would be considered as deadly force too.

The people who attack officers with weapons or bare hands are not "unarmed", other than they may not have a handgun on them. The news media defines "unarmed" and doesn't take the total facts into consideration.

UncleMike @ 1/28/2015 10:22 AM

A background check likely found she was a depressed kid.
Those dip sticks at Anonymous could better spend their time and resources on counseling troubled young people instead of attacking LEO's for defending themselves against an attack with a deadly weapon.

krisnlc @ 1/28/2015 2:02 PM

She is dead because she is stupid and callous....yes she may have mental issues. but she is dead cause she is stupid or simply callous. The question whether the officers could disarm her should not even be asked of the officers. And unfortunately that is not the way it occured...whether the officers could disarm her or not... She brandished a deadly weapon and she is dead because she is stupid and callous.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/28/2015 3:53 PM

Proper response for a threat with a deadly weapon. From the sound of it she may have ties back to the hacking group.

HRPufnstuf @ 1/28/2015 5:06 PM

"We ask you what kind of people you hire as a police officer that can’t take a knife from a small, 17-year-old girl?"

Sounds to me like they did. In the fastest way possible.

Greg @ 2/2/2015 3:46 AM

People who have never seen a knife injury don't understand how truly scary they can be. Small doesn't matter, neither that the attacker was a girl....both can kill you just as quickly as a 250 pound gang banger covered with tatoos. Just remember training where a knife wielder was 20' away and he got to you before you could stop him.

A simpler question....why would they have to "take it" from her at all? Why is she so special an officer should risk his life? Just amazing.

Leonard Mather @ 1/27/2017 4:37 PM

It takes but seconds to swiftly place a blade in the carotid artery of the neck. Armchair "advisers" referring to disarming, tasering, Pepper spraying or attempting a Ninja Move like Steven Seagal uses in Movies are preposterous.

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