CHINA SPRING, TX (KWTX)- A China Spring woman shot Tuesday morning by McLennan County sheriff’s deputies after she ignored their commands to drop a shotgun was hospitalized in stable condition on Wednesday.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the incident, in which Aurora Victoria Whitman, 59, was shot twice in the stomach by two deputies, was captured on a patrol car’s dashcam and clearly shows officers ordering her to drop her loaded weapon multiple times.
“MPs acted appropriately to ensure their safety and the safety of our citizens,” McNamara said. “I am very confident that these officers will be cleared of any wrongdoing.”
Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting, McNamara said. Shootouts involving law enforcement officers are usually taken to a grand jury.
Whitman, who remains under guard in the hospital, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a government official, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
On Monday, Whitman appeared in the 54th state district court, where she pleaded guilty to assaulting a jailer by kicking him in the groin. On Monday, she was not sentenced and was allowed to remain free on bail.
The affidavit says deputies responded to the riot at Whitman’s mobile home in the 300 block of Friedman Street around 10:45 am Tuesday. The person who reported the riot said that Whitman “blew up the house, being very violent.” The man left the house and met with the deputies in another place.
The affidavit states that the “rapporteurs” warned deputies that Whitman had a shotgun, swords, and knives in the house and said that “she would not go to jail and hurt the officers.”
According to the affidavit, when the deputies arrived and parked their patrol cars, Whitman approached them with a shotgun in hand.
“The deputies gave oral commands to “drop weapons”. As Aurora continued to approach the deputies on foot, ignoring commands to drop their weapons, she continued to threateningly display her pistol. The deputies fired from their service weapons, hitting Aurora, ”the detention document says.
McNamara declined to name the deputies involved in the shooting. He said he gave them some time due to the traumatic nature of the incident.
In 2008, Whitman was sentenced to five years in prison for burglary. According to court records, she also has a misdemeanor conviction for assault and criminal mischief.
She faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of assault to which she pleaded guilty on Monday.
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