The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office has announced a Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy will face voluntary manslaughter charges after he fatally shot an unarmed woman.
Dashcam video of the incident shows Deputy Justin Wall killed Evin Olsen Yadegar, 46, by shooting her in the head after a slow speed chase on Feb. 26, 2017, reported KCRA.
Her husband, Hanibal, explained she was trying to find a safe place after having a manic episode due to her bipolar disorder after a confrontation with a hotel security guard.
According to Sheriff Adam Christianson, the security guard reported that Evin Yadegar had begun an argument and a physical altercation occurred at a Modesto-area Hampton Inn. Deputies arrived as she was pulling out of the parking lot, so they tried to pull her over. Rather than stop, she led deputies on a slow speed chase that ended in Ripton.
Yadegar eventually stopped the car, and when deputies tried to get her out of the vehicle, she attempted to drive away. That is when Wall decided to execute her.
“During an attempt to extricate Mrs. Yadegar (from) her car, she drove off again. At that time, Wall fired four shots at Mrs. Yadegar,” according to the district attorney’s office.
Wall was the only officer to fire his weapon at the unarmed woman.
In the video below, it is clear that she did not pose a threat to any officer and police had no reason to believe she was a threat to anyone else in the area:
After being fatally wounded, Yadegar crashed into the front of a home. She was taken to a hospital and declared dead from a gunshot wound.
After a long investigation, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar chose to charge Wall with felony voluntary manslaughter.
“This is a tragic event for the Yadegar family, Deputy Wall, the Sheriff’s Office and our community,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said in a statement. “At this point, it is inappropriate for us to comment further. We are confident that our system of justice will determine the appropriate outcome.”
Wall is being placed on administrative leave because of the voluntary manslaughter charges.