A woman who was made famous by a touching viral video on YouTube about her Asperger’s was just shot dead by police.
Danielle Jacobs was shot and killed by Mesa, Arizona police officers on Thursday after they received a report that she was “depressed” and “suicidal.”
They received the call at around 11 a.m., according to her mother Stacia.
Police are claiming that the 24-year-old “was going to” attack them with a knife. They are saying they fired in self defense.
But friends and family dispute this claim, saying that she would not have tried to harm the police, and was only a danger to herself.
The police made sure she wouldn’t kill herself, however, by doing it for her.
Jacobs received international attention last year after she posted a courageous and moving video with her loving service dog Samson. The video showed Samson providing comfort during her “meltdown” where her used his paws to stop her from hitting herself.
“This is what having Asperger’s like,” she said in the text with the clip, she told the Huffington Post that, “When I have a meltdown, I often have self-injurious behavior and I often self-harm.”
Watch the viral video of Jacobs below…
Here’s another video of Jacobs describing her attempts at getting into college…
“I talked to her last night and the night before and she seemed fine,” her mother said to local reporters.
“Before the police arrived she wasn’t posing a threat to the community at all,” Stacia explained.
“And the police came into her own place. They shot and killed a 24-year-old autistic, mentally ill individual whom they had been familiar with and aware of her special needs.”
Detective Esteban Flores told the AZ Family News that they had responded to a similar call two years ago.
Flores told the Daily News that “This morning officers from the Mesa Police Department were involved in an officer involved shooting with a 24-year-old woman who was threatening suicide with a knife” though he refused to elaborate on the circumstances of the shooting.
None of the officers who shot her were injured in any way, lending to the contention that she was not going to hurt any of them, according to ABC 15.
None of the officers were wearing body cameras.
(Article by M. David and Reagan Ali)