Grandmother Says She Watched Police Shoot, Kill 7-Year-Osld

Source: USA Today

A Detroit grandmother testified Monday that she could only watch in terror as masked police officers with guns drawn stormed her home in a hunt for a murder suspect that led to the fatal shooting of her 7-year-old granddaughter.

Police officer Joseph Weekley is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the May 2010 death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was asleep on a couch when the police raided the house. Aiyana’s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, said she was lying on her stomach on the floor facing the door when the police officers forced their way inside.

“As soon as they came in, their guns were just pointing right there, and he pulled the trigger,” Mertilla Jones said of Weekley. “I seen the light leave out of her eyes and the blood started gushing out her mouth and she was dead.”

There is no argument that an unintentional shot from Weekley’s gun killed Aiyana after police fired a stun grenade and stormed the home. Weekley has said his gun accidentally fired when Jones reached for it. Prosecutors say he was negligent in failing to control his weapon.

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