Brenda Williams, 52 was pronounced dead at Community Medical Center in Scranton P.A 30 minutes after she was shot by a police officer.Ms. Williams was reportedly wielding a knife when she was shot Thursday around 11:10 p.m. after officers responded to her apartment for what Police Chief David Elliott described immediately after as a mental health check.
Neighbors described Ms. Williams as a friendly woman who occasionally bummed cigarettes - she favored Newport 100s - but who also had mental health issues. Police visits to the neighborhood had become frequent in recent days as her behavior became erratic, they said.
Thursday night's incident began at 10:06 p.m. when police responded to 1422 N. Lincoln Ave., just down the street from Ms. Williams' apartment, after a woman's 911 call. A young woman who answered the door at 1422 N. Lincoln on Friday declined to comment.
Another neighbor said it was the second time in less than four hours police had responded to the area.
Earlier Thursday, around 6:30 p.m., Anita Gordis said her sister was outside their home in the 1400 block of Clearview when Ms. Williams approached her and told her to go inside.
"You could tell she wasn't all there," Ms. Gordis said.
Police officers arrived and said they would get Ms. Williams to her apartment, Ms. Gordis said. But she noticed the woman was back out on the street when she returned home from church around 9:30.
Amy Thompson, who lives two doors away from the apartment building on North Lincoln, said she had seen Ms. Williams on only two or three occasions. The most recent was Wednesday, when Ms. Williams thanked Ms. Thompson for giving her a cigarette the day before.
This is definately a case of excessive force. This is the same town that an off duty police orificer shot and killed a kid that threw a snowball at his car. The cop said he felt his life was in danger and was never prosecuted.