Probe Determines San Jose Police Officer Lawfully Shot Mentally Ill Woman Holding Power Drill In 2014

CBS San Francisco

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — An investigation determined that a San Jose police officer lawfully shot and killed a mentally ill woman armed with a power drill that appeared to be an Uzi submachine gun last year, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Diana Showman, 19, was shot and killed by Officer Wakana Okuma on Aug. 14, prosecutors said.

Okuna “used reasonable force” in shooting Showman because of the close proximity between them, the tool’s appearance as a gun, and Showman threatening other officers with the drill, according to the district attorney’s office.

Showman was alone at her father’s home in the 700 block of Blossom Hill Road, where she called 911 around 10:30 a.m. that day to report that she had an Uzi she would use to shoot her mother and brother, prosecutors said.

Earlier that morning, Showman took her father’s DeWalt cordless power drill and…

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