Bowie woman shot to death by police in Miami after running over officer with car
BOWIE, Md. – The Hithon family is in grief after their daughter, 22-year-old Cariann Hithon, was shot and killed by police in Miami, after running into an officer with a car.
Hithon was reportedly in Miami celebrating her 22nd birthday Sunday evening, when, according to police, a woman was shot dead by a Miami Beach police officer shortly after 6:00 pm, after police say she ran over Miami Beach Police Officer David Cajuso.
“She started, just like started the car and then ran away, going over the policeman in front of her.”, said one of the witnesses on the scene.
“We know he lost consciousness at the scene for a period of time. He is now at the hospital. He is stable and alert.”, said Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel J.Oates.
Cellphone video taken at the scene shows the black BMW that Hithon was driving, plowing into the officer, just moments after she reportedly hit two other parked cars. Gunshots fired from another police officer are heard shortly after.
On Twitter many who knew Hithon tweeted out pictures and memories, expressing their heartbreak and disbelief.
Others asked why police couldn’t just shoot out the tires, instead of killing her.
According to the latest guidelines for the use of force for Miami Beach Police which state that officers will not use deadly force by discharging a firearm at a moving vehicle unless the person inside is immediately threatening someone with deadly force using something other than their vehicle and that officers cannot justify using deadly force if they choose to stay in the way of a moving vehicle.
However, if an officer believes that a ramming attack is underway, then using deadly force to stop that attack is considered reasonable.
Reports say Hithon was an honor student at Hampton University and had transferred to Temple University.
In a statement, the Temple Student Government called to mind the work she’d done mentoring kids and said they were proud and grateful to have had her as a Temple Owl.
That statement also said that Cariann Hithon is the third Temple student to have passed away this semester.
Her father, Cary Hithon is reported saying that he believes his daughter may have been suffering from some sort of mental health issues.