A woman shot to death Thursday by a San Jose police officer after brandishing what looked like a gun but proved to be a power drill was 19-year-old Diana Showman, of San Jose, police announced today. Showman died after she was shot once in the abdomen and the wound lacerated her aorta, according to the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office.
On Thursday, officers responded at 10:36 a.m. to the 700 block of Blossom Hill Road on a report of a woman with an Uzi-style submachine gun who was threatening to kill family members inside a home, police said. The officers attempted to negotiate with the woman several times and after she exited the home with the reported weapon, Officer Wakana Okuma, a 13-year veteran of the force, shot her and she fell into a westbound lane of Blossom Hill Road, according to police.
Showman was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead at 12:39 p.m., police said. Later in the day, police released a photo of the cordless power drill, which had been painted black, that Showman had brandished and had been mistaken for an Uzi by the officer. The shooting is being investigated by the Police Department’s homicide unit and Okuma has been placed on routine administrative leave, police said.
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