No Gun Found in Car of Woman Shot by Police After 'Stating She Was Armed'

Residents in Missouri are demanding answers after a woman who was shot by police after allegedly threatening that she had a gun was found to be unarmed.

Hannah Fizer, 25, died after being pulled over in her vehicle by a Pettis County Sheriff's deputy near U.S. Highway 50 and Winchester Drive in Sedalia, on Saturday, June 13.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is investigating the shooting, Fizer was "not compliant" being stopped for speeding and running a traffic light.

During the stop, Fizer allegedly threatened the deputy by stating she was armed and going to shoot him. The situation escalated, resulting in the deputy firing at the 25-year-old.

Investigators have now revealed that there was no weapon inside Fizer's vehicle the night she was shot.

On Tuesday, people gathered outside the Pettis County Sheriff's Office in Sedalia wanting to know why the woman who "never had a mean streak to her" was shot and killed on her way to work.

"She was 140 pounds," Tracie Karigan, one of those who attended the demonstration, told the Sedalia Democrat. "She wasn't doing anything, she was going to work. Why'd they have to end her life? They don't have that right, they're not God.

"She's not here to stand up for herself so they shouldn't even be painting this picture of her that they're trying to do," Karigan said.

"It's just wrong. Everybody in Sedalia that knows, that knew who Hannah was as a person. That's why everyone is out here so angry and hurt and crying because this is wrong."

Melissa Rath, manager of the Tiger Eagle Stop where Fizer worked, added: "We've had several customers come in the last several days. They even said, 'That doesn't make sense to me, that doesn't sound like her. Every time we've come in here she's been respectful and really nice.'"

Speaking to the Kansas City Star, Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond said the information that there was no gun in Fizer's vehicle "has not changed my outlook" with regards to an investigation into the incident.

"It's an additional piece of information," he said. "They [investigators] need to use that to be able to determine whether this was a justifiable use of force."

Bond said there is no footage of the shooting as their department is not equipped with body cameras or video from patrol car dashboards.

"About three years ago we did have, however, there were technical difficulties. We had data failure, and we also have problems with the devices and those devices have not been replaced.

"We had actually looked at the grant earlier this year to be able to try to partially fund the purchase of body cameras. If that grant had been applied for, we [still] wouldn't have received them by this time."

The deputy involved in the shooting has not been identified. He has placed on been paid administrative leave pending the investigation, as per routine.

Bond said the officer has worked at the department since 2007 and has no previous complaints against him.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has been contacted for further comment.

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(File photo) A Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper walks down a highway embankment during a civil disobedience action August 10, 2015 on US Interstate 70 in Earth City, Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said no weapon was found inside a vehicle driven by a Missouri woman who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy. Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty