Authorities in North Carolina released police dash cam footage showing two officers fatally shooting an armed woman who initially fired her gun at them last month.
The video is a recording of an incident that took place on Interstate 40 on the morning of July 8 near Newton Grove, North Carolina.
In the footage, an officer pulls over off the highway where he sees a woman, 50-year-old Tina Renee Medlin, lying face down on the grass in front of a crashed vehicle.
The dramatic 80-second clip shows an officer get out of his cruiser and approach Medlin.
As the officer begins to walk toward Medlin, he is warned by a witness on the scene that she is armed.
The video is a recording of an incident that took place on Interstate 40 on the morning of July 8 near Newton Grove, North Carolina
When the officer demands that Medlin show her hands, she hesitates.
Medlin is seen in the video getting on her feet with one of her hands concealed. Moments later, she flashes her gun and starts shooting.
The officer and another law enforcement agent not pictured in the footage return fire and strike her twice.
Medlin was rushed to a local hospital, according to WNCN-TV.
Initial reports indicated that she died at the scene, but these claims were false.
An officer is seen on the right approaching 50-year-old Tina Renee Medlin (left) after she reportedly crashed her white SUV on the side of the interstate
Medlin is seen in the video getting on her feet with one of her hands concealed. Moments later, she flashes her gun and starts shooting
Medlin is seen above aiming her gun at two officers, who wandered out of view of the camera
The officers then returned fire and wounded Medlin, striking her twice – once in the head, and once in the right arm. She died at hospital three days later
Medlin died three days later from her injuries. She sustained bullet wounds to her head and right arm.
The two officers, North Carolina State Trooper J.L. Taylor and Johnston County Deputy Taylor Davis, were deemed to have acted appropriately.
Officials said the two men ‘returned fire after being shot at by Tina Renee Medlin.’
‘Under the circumstances observed by Trooper Taylor and Deputy Davis, their use of deadly force was both reasonable and warranted,’ authorities said.
The state believed it was necessary to release the video footage in order to explain why the officers should not face criminal charges.
The incident in question began that Saturday morning, when 911 dispatchers received numerous calls from motorists who reported seeing a white GMC Yukon XL SUV speeding as it was driving westbound on I-40.
Medlin is seen in a mug shot from 2013. She was reportedly driving erratically in the moments before she crashed her SUV on July 8
The motorists claimed that the driver was driving erratically and reaching dangerously high speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, according to Charlotte Observer.
Witnesses also called 911 and reported that a vehicle – presumably the same SUV – had crashed near Benson.
A woman was also seen lying on the grass just beside the shoulder of the highway.
When a motorist pulled over and approached the woman, she reportedly got up and yelled, ‘I wish I would have just killed myself!’
The witness then reported that the woman, Medlin, went to her SUV and retrieved a gun. She then told the man it was loaded.
When the witness called 911, the dispatcher told him to leave the scene for his own safety.
The witness then told the dispatcher that Medlin put the gun into her waistband and laid down on the ground in front of the damaged SUV.
The witness then left the scene. Moments later, the two law enforcement officers arrived.
According to authorities, the officers yelled at Medlin several times, ordering her to show her hands.
When Medlin refused, the officers drew their weapons.
Medlin then turned away and yelled, ‘That’s not my car!’
She then reached toward her back waistband. One of the officers, Taylor, warned her not to pull out the gun.
‘Don’t draw it!’ he said.
That’s when Medlin took the gun and fired at the officers. When they returned fire, she fell to the ground.