Family: Officer shot 83-year-old woman escaping home burglary

Posted at 11:49 AM, Sep 20, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-20 11:51:56-04

ALTAVISTA, Va.(WDBJ)—According to family members, an 83-year-old woman was shot and killed by an Altavista police officer Wednesday night.

Family members tell WDBJ7 that the woman called police because she thought someone was breaking into her home on 10th Street.

After calling police, she tried walking to her sister’s house. The woman’s sister lives two doors up from her.

As she was cutting through a backyard to her sister’s house she was shot and killed by the officer, the family says.

Family members say the woman lived at 813 10th Street in Altavista. The incident happened around 10 p.m.

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