No charges will be filed in the October police-involved shooting death of Samantha “Baby Girl” Hennard.
“A law enforcement officer is allowed to use deadly force if that officer has a reasonable belief the use of such force is necessary to protect himself or another from serious physical injury or death,” said Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins. “Once fired upon in this instance, the officer’s belief that deadly force was permissible was not unreasonable and, as a result, will not be the basis for any criminal charge allegations.”
Scroggins shared the results of an investigation into Hennard’s death Wednesday and said no charges would be filed.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol launched an investigation into the shooting, which is standard practice in a case involving a police officer’s use of lethal force.
The investigation revealed police were called on Oct. 22 to Ninth and Sycamore streets regarding a disturbance involving allegations of a stolen vehicle being located. While on the way to the scene, police were told two people had fled on foot and that both were armed.
Brant Hutchison, a three-year veteran of the St. Joseph Police Department, located one of the suspects, identified as Hennard, in the 2100 block of South 10th Street and ordered her to stop.
Hennard, 25, continued fleeing and turned and opened fire, discharging two bullets in the direction of Hutchison, who was pursuing her on foot. Hutchison returned fire, and one bullet struck and killed Hennard.
Emergency medical personnel pronounced Hennard dead at the scene.