The Huffington Pundit reports that Shae Williams Simmons, a black woman from Philadelphia, was shot and killed by a Philadelphia police officer in a parking lot near her home on Sunday, March 9, 2017.
Williams, 28, was a resident of the 600 block of East 28th Street in the South Philadelphia neighborhood of North Kensington.
She had just returned from a birthday party, and her boyfriend and another man in the vehicle had been involved in an altercation earlier in the night.
According to her friends, Simmons had a history of substance abuse, which had led to a warrant for her arrest and a restraining order.
Simmons was shot three times in the head, according to the police report, and died at the scene.
She was reportedly on her way home from a Halloween party with a boyfriend when she was shot.
Her boyfriend, 28-year-old Keith Joseph Lewis, has been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes, and his bail has been set at $1 million.
The police report states that Simmons had been driving with a white male passenger, who was later identified as 25-year old Michael Corder, who has been with the department since 2015.
The shooting was reported by a neighbor, who told police that Lewis was standing outside the residence with Simmons, the neighbor said.
Police responded to the scene, and officers observed a man, later identified by authorities as Lewis, who had a gun in his hand, according a statement from the department.
Police say Lewis pointed the weapon at the officer and demanded the officer’s identification.
Police officers fired shots, striking Lewis.
Police said Simmons was struck in the neck and chest.
Simmons’ boyfriend, Joseph Lewis of South Kensington, was arrested, and Lewis was charged with reckless homicide and reckless discharge of a firearm.
A grand jury decided to indict Lewis for first- and second-degree manslaughter, and reckless homicide.
Police found a firearm on Lewis and found a baggie with drugs in it, the statement from Philadelphia Police Commissioner Edward DeNiro said.
“We can’t find a case where a person in this city is immune from this type of violence,” DeNirish said.
Lewis was released on $25,000 bail on Monday, March 10.
A third suspect, 29-year–old James Brown, was not arrested on Monday.
He is still being held without bail, police said.
The suspect is still listed in the hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen, police added.
Lewis is the second person to be killed by Philadelphia police since the beginning of March.
A police officer was shot in the back on Sunday night, according.
That officer is expected to survive.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced on Tuesday that he would meet with community leaders to discuss how to address the city’s deadly policing.
He said in a statement, “I am deeply concerned by the recent spate of shootings of police officers.
We must address the underlying issues of police violence, racial bias and distrust, and our failure to invest in training, equipment and policies that will reduce the number of people killed by police.”
He continued, “The Philadelphia Police Department must be held accountable for these tragic incidents.
I know that there is no perfect solution, but I am confident that the city of Philadelphia will be a better place when it is able to heal, as well as the country as a whole.”
On Monday, the Department of Justice said it will review the city after a series of deadly shootings by Philadelphia officers, and urged the city to overhaul its police department.
The DOJ, which has a team in Philadelphia, has previously called for greater accountability for the department and for reform to improve its use of force.
Philadelphia has also been the site of a string of high-profile protests and riots in recent months.
Philadelphia police have been under scrutiny since the death of Jamar Clark, an unarmed black man who was killed by the city police on May 12, 2017, in what many consider a case of excessive force.
On March 14, the city held a community meeting to address police brutality.
The mayor of Philadelphia has since called for the city “to be a model for police accountability.”
On Tuesday, city council voted to approve a $20 million police reform package.
The bill includes more money for training, including more cameras and body cameras, and an increase in police accountability.