APD: Woman shot, killed by police was holding replica BB gun

AUSTIN - - Police said the woman who was shot and killed by officers early Sunday morning was carrying a replica BB gun.

APD identified the woman killed as Micah Dsheigh Jester, 26. Police were initially called to the Club at Summer Valley Apartments near West William Cannon and South First Street around 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

Police said Sunday that a man told officers his wife had a weapon. When officers arrived minutes later, they first placed themselves several buildings away from the complex. As they approached the apartment, Asst. Police Chief Troy Gay said Jester came out of the breezeway and pointed a weapon directly at the officers and said, "Shoot me, shoot me, kill me.'"

Police asked Jester to drop the weapon but she refused. As she continued to move toward them, two officers shot her. Authorities said Jester fell to the ground but was still moving, with the weapon underneath her. The two officers involved in the shooting called for more police while they monitored her.

Gay said additional officers tried to disarm Jester, but she still had the weapon in her hand and pointed it in their direction. Officers believed they were still in danger, and fired more shots. Police were then able to retrieve the weapon from Jester. She was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

APD identified the officers involved in the shooting as Deborah Lindeman, a mental health officer, and Richard Smith. Both have been with the department approximately three years and are assigned to Region 4. Per standard protocol, both officers are on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

APD's Internal Affairs Unit, APD's Special Investigations Unit, the Office of the Police Monitor and Travis County District Attorney's Office are all investigating the incident.

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