The family called 911 requesting medical help for their mentally ill daughter. The police arrived and the daughter is now dead. The 18-year old daughter, Yanira Serrano-Garcia had a knife and lunged after the parents and police officer. The officer, in fear of his life, fired and killed her. The family is asking, why?
The California family had made the call to 911 around 9 p.m. Wednesday, due to the daughter acting erratically, and refusing to take her medication. The daughter suffered from depression. The family was hoping to have paramedics assist them, as they have received before.
However, the police received reports of a violent female in the streets of Half Moon housing complex, thought to be armed. Two deputies went to the area to investigate.
“We have deputies that were responding to the scene with the information that somebody was acting in a psychotic nature armed with a knife and won’t put it down even for her own family,” San Mateo CountySheriff’s Department spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said to KNTV.
Witnesses at the scene said Yanira Serrano-Garcia was chasing the officer with something in her hand raised. The officer commanded her to stop. When Serrano-Garcia did not stop, the officer fired upon her.
Dyanna Ruiz, a 12-year-old witness, said she saw Trieu running away from a woman who had her arm raised and was chasing him. “I saw the girl running at him with something in her hands,” Ruiz said to the Gate. “I didn’t know what was happening. I was really scared about what to do.”
The preteen, who had been on her way to a friend’s house, said the deputy saw her, stopped and yelled at Serrano-Garcia. When the woman didn’t stop, the officer fired.
The family believes lethal force was not the answer, and questions why the officers did not user a Taser instead.
“We want answers,” her brother, Lorenzo Serrano, said to reporters. “Why didn’t they use a Taser? We just want to know what really happened.”
“She has special needs and we just want answers,” Lorenzo said, according to KRON 4. “Who are we supposed to call now when we need help when who is supposed to help us is killing our kids?”
“I don’t know why they couldn’t have done better things instead of getting a bullet through her and trying to shoot her,” Saul Miramontes, Serrano-Garcia’s cousin told the Mercury News. “She was kind of sick — you know, at least they could have Tasered her or at least tackled her.”
“I just feel kind of sad. I feel mad. I don’t know why an officer would come and do that and try to kill my cousin,” Miramontes told KTVU. “My cousin didn’t do nothing. For sure they could have Tasered her. They could have at least done something better.”
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