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North Carolina police officer rescued after body camera stops shooting at her

A North Carolina police officer was saved by her own body camera after being shot while attempting to serve a 60-year-old woman with a warrant.

The shooting took place on August 22 and was released on Tuesday following a media request to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Officer Lauren Ehlke was with two other officers to serve the warrant, which gives officers the right to fetch people with mental health problems and crisis treatment when they appear to be a danger to others.

Ehlke and officers Brandon Graham and Kristian Kurtzke arrived at Brenda Donohue’s home in south Charlotte around 5:30 p.m.

A North Carolina police officer was saved by her own body camera (pictured) after being shot while attempting to serve a 60-year-old woman with a warrant

The body camera footage shows the officers talking to a male resident who lives with Donahue who stands outside the door for a few minutes to inform the police that Donahue is asleep.

In a video statement, officials said they were not informed in advance that Donahue had a gun.

The police then tell the man that according to the law, Donahue must go with them, even though they must use handcuffs.

The man then leads the authorities into the house and walks up the stairs, showing them her room, which has a locked door leading inside.

The three officers try to talk to Donahue without opening the door, with one of them asking, “It’s the police, ma’am.” Can you open the door?’

Just 15 seconds after entering the house and trying to make contact with the woman, Donahue can be heard declining their request, when suddenly a gunshot is heard.

The first shot hits Ehlke in the chest, disabling her body camera, which appears to have saved her from serious injury.

Officer Lauren Ehlke (pictured) was with two other officers to serve the warrant, which gives officers the right to seek treatment for people with mental health problems and crises when they appear to be a danger to others

Officer Lauren Ehlke (pictured) was with two other officers to serve the warrant, which gives officers the right to seek treatment for people with mental health problems and crises when they appear to be a danger to others

Officer Lauren Ehlke (pictured) was with two other officers to serve the warrant, which gives officers the right to seek treatment for people with mental health problems and crises when they appear to be a danger to others

A male resident ushers authorities into the home after speaking to them for two minutes

A male resident ushers authorities into the home after speaking to them for two minutes

A male resident ushers authorities into the home after speaking to them for two minutes

The officers begin to climb the stairs and show them her room, which has a locked door leading inside. The three officers try to talk to Donahue without opening the door, with one of them asking, “It’s the police, ma’am.” Can you open the door?’

Just 15 seconds after entering the house and trying to make contact with the woman, Donahue can be heard denying their request, when suddenly a gunshot is heard.  The first shot hits Ehlke in the chest, disabling her body camera, which appears to have saved her from serious injury

Just 15 seconds after entering the house and trying to make contact with the woman, Donahue can be heard denying their request, when suddenly a gunshot is heard.  The first shot hits Ehlke in the chest, disabling her body camera, which appears to have saved her from serious injury

Just 15 seconds after entering the house and trying to make contact with the woman, Donahue can be heard denying their request, when suddenly a gunshot is heard. The first shot hits Ehlke in the chest, disabling her body camera, which appears to have saved her from serious injury

The shooting took place on August 22 and was released on Tuesday following a media request to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The shooting took place on August 22 and was released on Tuesday following a media request to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The shooting took place on August 22 and was released on Tuesday following a media request to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The officers then took cover elsewhere in the house and descended the stairs from Donahue’s room.

About 30 to 40 seconds later, Donahue comes out of the room with her weapon and looks over the railing.

Graham, after telling one of the other officers that Donahue was holding a gun and pointing it in his direction, shoots the 60-year-old woman, at a moment not seen on the bodycam footage.

The man who lives with Donahue is then heard to ask, “Did you shoot her?”

Graham replies, “She had her gun on me, out, sir, now!”

The officers then took cover elsewhere in the house and descended the stairs from Donahue’s room

The video footage shows Donahue (photo) bleeding profusely and lying dead still next to her bedroom

Officers then attended to Donahue, who had been shot in the head, until medics could arrive at the scene

Officers then attended to Donahue, who had been shot in the head, until medics could arrive at the scene

Officers then attended to Donahue, who had been shot in the head, until medics could arrive at the scene

Officers then attended to Donahue, who had been shot in the head, until medics could arrive at the scene.

The video footage shows Donahue bleeding profusely and lying motionless next to her bedroom.

Sergeant Steven Winterhalter, explaining the bodycam footage, said they believed Donahue was an active threat after shooting at the officers.

He added that the three officers were training by not firing back immediately after Donahue fired at them.

Donahue was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead six days later.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has completed its investigation into the shooting, but the local district attorney is still investigating, according to the Charlotte Observer.

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