Lt. Michael Johnson, public information officer with the Huntsville Police Department, says officers were called to the Stadium Apartments on Westheimer Drive off Ivy Avenue around 8:30 a.m., after getting calls about a woman who was outside waving a gun and pointing it at her neighbors.
Woman fatally shot by police in west Huntsville
.@HsvPolice confirm officer involved shooting at Stadium Apartments near Milton Frank Stadium. Officials say woman was waving a gun at neighbors, confrontation with officers, gunfire. Woman was shot,taken to hospital. No word on condition. Statements taken from witnesses,officers pic.twitter.com/hMYvmWAjjP
When officers arrived, there was in fact, an armed female with a gun. The details of the call were that she was pointing that weapon at neighbors and residents in the area just prior to the officers arrival. When officers arrived, there was a brief confrontation and shots were fired. At least one of our officers did fire, Lt. Johnson explained.
Right now, we have an entire investigative unit and the CID commander out on the scene, Lt. Johnson stated. Its a very large crime scene that were looking at. We want to make sure that we dont miss anything so we have the general area of the entire building roped off.
HPD officials are speaking with witnesses and responding officers and theyre reviewing body cam and in-car footage.
It happened outside one of the buildings on the lower level of the apartments. Evidence markers were seen on the ground.
Madison County coroner confirms that the woman shot in the officer-involved shooting has passed away. Several people who live at the Stadium Apartments say the woman suffered from mental illness. pic.twitter.com/li0uFiGyLj
Theres a lot of physical evidence on the scene. Its very cumbersome to find shell casings in grass. You have to look for any bullets in the general area. We know nobody was in the apartment that she was standing in front of. No one else was hurt, Lt. Johnson added.
Several people who live at Stadium Apartments say Ragland suffered from mental illness. Friends say she attended Johnson High School and was a military veteran Shes lived in the complex for several years, according to other residents.
Deseree Montgomery spent the night at the complex and heard gunfire. She spoke with the media about what happened.
I heard several gunshots going off, so it woke me up out of my sleep. I jumped up and ran to the bedroom window, she stated. I asked the police why they shot the woman and they said that the woman had a gun. Ive never seen anything like it in my life. It scared the mess out of me. I still cant believe it.
A woman is dead and two Huntsville police officers are on desk duty following a Thursday morning shooting at a westside apartment complex.
Crystal Danielle Ragland, a 32-year-old from Huntsville, was killed in a shooting outside Stadium Apartments on Westheimer Drive, the authorities confirmed. She died at Huntsville Hospital, said Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill.
Two police officers fired shots at Ragland, said Lt. Michael Johnson, though its unclear how many times she was hit.
A woman who said she witnessed part of the shooting and the aftermath described hearing multiple shots fired. Huntsville woman Deseree Montgomery said she was visiting a friend at the apartments and awoke to the sounds of gunfire. When she looked out a window, Montgomery said, she saw police shooting at a woman, who fell to the ground.
Johnson said officers were on the scene to investigate a report that Ragland was armed and had pointed a gun at several neighbors.
When officers knocked on a door at Raglands apartment, she came outside using a different exit, Johnson said. Officers told Ragland to drop her gun but she didnt, according to police.
About a minute after they arrived at Raglands apartment door, both officers fired at the 32-year-old Johnson said, though police havent said how many gunshot wounds she suffered. Police said they dont believe Ragland fired her weapon.
Both officers will be on desk duty while the police department completes an internal investigation, Johnson said. The investigative findings will be presented to a review board, where police captains will decide whether the officers followed policy.
Representatives from the Huntsville City Attorneys office, the police departments citizen advisory council and the Madison County District Attorneys office also attend review board hearings, though they dont have votes in whether to clear officers internally.
As of Thursday afternoon, Madison County Chief Trial Attorney Tim Gann said the DAs office hadnt been contacted by Huntsville police. He said prosecutors heard about the shooting from the coroners office.