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Woman shot, killed after pointing gun at police

Round Rock Police officers shot and killed a woman in a public plaza late Sunday night, June 23, after she pointed a gun at them. Sarah Harrington, a 31-year-old Williamson County resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Around 11:30 that night, police received a call reporting a woman had left a downtown business in the 100 block of East Main Street with a gun. Officers reported to the location but were initially unable to locate her.

Officers found Herrington about two blocks away near the Prete Main Street Plaza. She was sitting on a bench with her hands in her purse. Officers began to approach when she stated she “had a gun.” Officers attempted to negotiate with her when she stood up and walked away from them and into the plaza refusing to comply with their request that she disarm herself.

Officers attempted to utilize a Taser and a pepper ball gun to subdue Herrington. She turned around, pulled a gun out of her purse and pointed it at officers.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave with pay, a standard practice in these kinds of incidents.

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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