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Woman fatally shot by officer was firing gun outside of house, police say

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Officers on scene of a shooting in St. Louis' Holly Hills neighborhood. (Marielle Mohs, KMOV) Officers on scene of a shooting in St. Louis' Holly Hills neighborhood. (Marielle Mohs, KMOV)
Officers on scene of a shooting in St. Louis' Holly Hills neighborhood. (Marielle Mohs, KMOV) Officers on scene of a shooting in St. Louis' Holly Hills neighborhood. (Marielle Mohs, KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A woman was killed during an officer-involved shooting in St. Louis' Holly Hills neighborhood Wednesday.

Robin White, 50, was reportedly firing a gun outside of a house in the 3600 block of Wilmington Avenue, near South Grand Boulevard, around 11:50 a.m. When police responded to the house, officers demanded she drop her weapon but she continued to fire shots. 

After she refused to drop her gun, one officer fired several shots, striking and killing the woman.

According to police, a preliminary investigation showed the woman may have been firing shots during a family disturbance. 

Police said there was a minimum of "10 spent shell casings recovered from her weapon." They also said White's gun was recovered at the scene.

Two vehicles near the shooting scene sustained bullet damage.

The officer who shot the woman is a 19-year veteran. He has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

No officers were injured, according to officials. 

Several people were home at the time of this incident and witnessed what lead up to a police shootout.

"I heard people arguing in their backyard and then after their arguing was when I heard the second round of gunshots," said Mike Schorman, who lives a few houses down.

The second round of shots just outside Schorman's window is what prompted him to call the police. 

"11:42, that's when I called 9-1-1," said Schorman. 

He also heard yelling mixed in with the gun fire.

"I heard somebody say, 'I'm going to shoot everybody,' and then the third round of gunshots, and then the police came," said Schorman. 

Just across the street, Natalie Noblett was inside babysitting. 

"When I got a chance, cause you know I'm babysitting the kids, I looked out the window and saw a police officer running and he said 'Get back in the house!' and I was scared so I grabbed Avery and we all got on the floor," said Noblett. 

SLMPD believe the woman was in the middle of a domestic dispute.

"She did make threatening statements to a neighbor," said acting SLMPD Chief Lawrence O'Toole.

This incident is something neighbors said they wouldn't expect on their street.

"It's a pretty quiet neighborhood," said Schorman. 

"This is a really good pocket still of St. Louis," said Noblett. 

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