A woman in Tennessee was killed and a cop was rushed into surgery following a shootout in a parking lot, graphic video shows.
A routine stop by traffic cop Josh Baker turned deadly in Nashville on March 12. Baker was shot after stopping Nika Holbert, who was driving a vehicle registered to an individual who has six outstanding drug warrants. After being shot, he managed to return fire killing Holbert who was resisting arrest. Bodycam footage from the incident has been released by the Metropolitan Police showed the incident.
According to department spokesman Don Aaron, the incident began at about 9:30 a.m. when Officer Baker stopped a vehicle in front of the Dollar General.
Demond Buchanan, the owner of the black Chevy Camaro, had 6 active drug warrants, but the officer quickly realized that Buchanan wasn’t the driver.
As seen on bodycam footage, the officer told the driver to stop going through her purse.
“What did you take out of it?” he said, standing in the parking lot at Brick Church Pike and Ewing Drive.
“Nothing,” she said, turning back to the driver’s side seat.
“Just come back here,” he said. “I think we’re getting off on the wrong foot.”
“Because I’m really confused on why I’m getting stopped,” Holbert said.
“He’s got several warrants,” said Baker.
“Okay, that has nothing to do with me,” she said.
“You don’t know who’s in the car,” he said.
“Nobody’s in the car,” she said.
“Now I know that,” he said. “However, I’m going to address the other problems.”
Holbert’s statement is not incorrect. She was simply driving a car belonging to a wanted man. She had not been the target of the police prior to this incident. She tries to reenter the car when Baker pulls out his taser and uses it on the woman’s upper body.
Baker searched the purse. Holbert began smoking a cigarette while on the phone with a woman she addressed as her mother.
In the video statement, Aaron said Baker discovered what seemed to be marijuana and a “powdered substance” in her bag. The officer attempted to detain Holbert.
As seen on the body cam footage, Holbert backed away, denying wrongdoing. She grabbed her purse and led him on a brief foot chase around the sedan. Holbert got into the driver’s side seat of the car. Baker tasered her, as she called for help.
After using the taser on the woman, Officer Baker grabs her arm and forcibly tries to pull her from the car. After she was attacked, Holbert pulled out a handgun.
“Ma’am, put the gun down!” Officer Baker shouts. She does not listen and opens fire on the cop. He falls backward while returning fire. Officer Baker collapses to the ground as the Camaro speeds away from the parking lot.
Baker used his radio to announce “shots fire” and to let the station know that he was hit by a bullet during the altercation.
Holbert abandoned her gun in the parking lot before she drove away. However, she did not get very far from the scene of the shooting. She crashed her car at an intersection. She had also sustained a gunshot wound during the firefight and was rushed to the Skyline Medical Center, where she died from the gunshot later.
Baker, who was hit beneath his bullet-resistant vest, was in stable condition after undergoing surgery. While Holbert was later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation into the killing to see if Officer Baker acted correctly during the incident.
According to Chief Drake, Baker couldn’t release Holbert because she had drugs and didn’t have a driver’s license. “There’s nothing else he could have done better other than maybe leave the scene and let her go away, and obviously, he couldn’t do that,” he said.
“He appeared to do everything he could to try to deescalate the situation, including the use of Taser, including trying not to use his firearm,” Drake told WKRN.
However, Holbert’s mother stated that she disagreed with the chief’s assessment and was hiring an attorney, adding that she wasn’t surprised that her daughter pulled a gun on Baker. “He was trying to kill her with that Taser and she was trying to protect herself,” she said.
Watch the intense confrontation that resulted in the fatal shooting (Graphic Video): MetropolitanNashvillePolice Department/Youtube