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A New Hampshire grandmother was shot dead by police after a high-speed car chase. Police told NBC that Wendy Lawrence of Canterbury, N.H., took off after a patrolman pulled her over for driving erratically.

When the cop returned to his cruiser to run her license he found it was suspended, and that's when she took off.

Several state troopers were involved in the dangerous chase, which ended with gunfire. Lawrence was hit four times and taken to Elliot Hospital where she was pronounced dead. An autopsy showed she died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. According to The New Hampshire Union Leader the New Hampshire Attorney General is investigating the circumstances of Lawrence's death. Her boyfriend Charles Peter told the paper that Lawrence had had a violent encounter with police and was afraid of them. Court records show Lawrence had a lengthy arrest record, including assault, drunk driving, marijuana possession, and violating of a restraining order. She also took medication for anxiety. Peter told CNN he believes the police acted excessively.

"I don't think we'll ever know the truth," Peter said. "But all I know is I don't have a girlfriend anymore."





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      • 1 Year Ago
      i'm calling her a thug just like what every one else says when they're running away from the cops....
      conrock54
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is ridiculous shooting to kill over a traffic violation. The thugs knew who she was and where she lived all they had to do was go pick her up, there was no need to kill her. The cops have gotten out of control.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If she didn't pull a gun, I say the police are very guilty of over-reacting...
      • 1 Year Ago
      No reason to have shot her. Meanwhile, the home invasion burglar, bank robber, rapist, etc. gets treated with kid gloves by just getting a slap on the wrist. You had your priorities screwed up in N.H. when I lived there in 1975-1976, and I see that you still do today by this headline.
      • 1 Year Ago
      ** SHOOTING AN 'UNARMED' HUMAN BEING? ...WOMAN, AT THAT?? ...OUCH! What kind of 'animal' does that??? Where Im from, only COWARDS and CRIMINALS... Dont Care HOW u justify!! 'JUSTIFY' till the end of time. DONT CHANGE A THING. COWARDS! CRIMINALS! ** ALWAYS... another way! **
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I was in law enforcement a high speed chase would have been called off and secondly, she would have been picked up at home. This is unbelievable. Our police are becoming aggressive, violating human rights (such as the strip searches on the side of the road in other states), and responding as if civilians are combat enemies. I find this frightening and it is up to the American people to say we will not accept this behavior! The police should make every attempt to de escalate a situation.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Or maybe citizens have become so irresponsible, so lacking in respect for any authority, and so used to getting away with it that they just don't know how to behave when they are stopped for a driving violation. This particular person appears to have been violent, aggressive, and dangerous to others in the past, and again this time.
      • 1 Year Ago
      And another unarmed woman is murdered by trigger happy, blood thirsty jackbooted cops. We need to disarm the cops, not the law abiding CCW's. These cops are killing a lot more unarmed victims than legal gun owners ever thought about doing. It's is getting where unarmed women have more to fear from the cops who are supposed to be our friends than from the criminals.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems some of people got a lot more from this article than I did. It is never explained why the police fired their weapons. This information would be nessary before condeming the police. Grandma's legnthy arrest record certenly shows her disreguard of societys rules. Police have a tough enough job to do with out every body second guessing them with out all the facts.
      wntmoretime
      • 1 Year Ago
      hmm lengthy arrest record, assault, drunk driving, violating a restraining order sure doesn't sound like any grandma I know why does huffpo lure you in with these headlines
      no7mk1
      • 1 Year Ago
      .....COP= Criminals On Patrol.......the new domestic terrorists.......
      mgoguey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Once again, a police officer with a gun in his hand is the most dangerest person alive
        carpro33
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mgoguey
        Once again some libber proves just how stupid libbers are.
          Lita
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carpro33
          You are the stupid one, lumping all progressives together. Would you be accepting of all censervatives being labeled as racists and women-haters? Eh, maybe you would....
      gabe1aaa
      • 1 Year Ago
      So she gets pulled over for erractic driving- then takes off and leads officers on a high speed chase, rather than just sit there and get a ticket for driving without a license but the police are in the wrong? What if she had a weapon and started shooting? Still the fault of the officers? She had NO RIGHT to take off; this whole incident falls on HER behavior! People need to stop trying to find a scape goat; time to take responsibility for their own doings!
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