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Witness said her safety was compromised during officer-involved shooting

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VELDA CITY (KMOV.com) -

A woman who lives very close to the scene of an officer-involved shooting said her family’s safety was compromised when officers fired their weapons.

Tiffany Coleman told News 4 her home in Velda City was riddled with bullets when officers fired shots at Davionne Churchman, 19. Bullet holes riddled her bedroom and kitchen. Officers said Churchman fired at them first during a high speed pursuit before he crashed in Coleman’s front yard. He was pointing a gun at officers while running, police said.

“I understand police have to protect themselves, but at the same time, this is a residential neighborhood, there was a car in the driveway,” Coleman said.

The Velda City Police Chief and another officer involved have been placed on administrative leave.

Churchman was shot once in the buttocks and is facing charges of assault on a law enforcement officer. He was already wanted on a different gun charge.

Coleman is happy Churchman was caught but said officers disregarded her safety.

“Someone could have been hurt, I could have been dead, my life could have been gone in the blink of an eye,” said Coleman.

Police told News 4 the welfare of their citizens and citizens’ property is their top priority, but that incidents forced upon them by criminals can change normal protocol.

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