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Special prosecutor to review death of woman shot by deputy

Missouri Highway Patrol
Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 15:27:24-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The question of whether a Pettis County, Missouri, Sheriff’s deputy will face charges in connection to the shooting death of 25-year-old Hanna Fizer rests in the hands of a special prosecutor.

The Pettis County Prosecutors office confirmed on Wednesday that Missouri Prosecution Services general counsel Stephen Sokoloff will review the case for charges.

Fizer was shot and killed June 13 during a traffic stop with a Pettis County Sheriff’s deputy.

An investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol found Fizer was not armed at the time, though the original report said Fizer had told the deputy she was armed.

As part of its investigation, the troopers reviewed surveillance video of the encounter from a nearby restaurant.

The video shows the deputy speaking with Fizer before he draws his gun and points it at her. She can be seen “moving within her vehicle” before the deputy opened fire, killing Fizer, according to a Pettis County probable cause affidavit written by a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper investigating the incident.

The deputy, who is not named in the affidavit, pulled over Fizer for speeding around 10 p.m. on June 13 along West Broadway Boulevard in Sedalia, according to the probable cause statement.

Fizer, 25, refused to identify herself, according to the deputy, and said she was recording the traffic stop.

She also said she was armed and was going to shoot the deputy, according to the affidavit from the trooper conducting the investigation.

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