On Tuesday, Officer Tatum reacted to the video footage of a shootout that had injured a police officer and killed a woman on Friday morning.
Officer Josh Baker was shot in the torso as he performed a traffic stop concerning a car whose owner had multiple warrants of arrest to his name.
Tatum explains in the video that in Arizona, the law states that stopping the car to see if the car owner—who is wanted—is inside the vehicle.
The woman identified as Nika Nicole Holbert, making sure that she was alone in the car; Officer Josh Baker asked Holbert to bring the bag to him because she suspiciously kept going through it.
The video footage shows that the officer discovered what appeared to be marijuana and a white powdery substance. Because of this, Officer Baker attempted to detain Holbert as he called for backup.
This is where things got out of control.
When Officer Baker asked her to turn around, Holbert said as she backed away, “No, hold on. Please don’t put me in handcuffs. I haven’t done anything wrong.”
But contrary to her own words, she grabbed her bag as she backed away and ran around the car, away from the police officer. She headed straight to the driver’s seat as she tried to flee.
Officer Baker stopped her by tasing her, but not before she grabbed something inside the car. Seconds later, Officer Baker is heard screaming at the woman to “put the gun down” as he took a step back.
As the footage shows, Holbert shot the officer in the torso, which knocked him back before he fired shots in return. He immediately told dispatch that shots had been fired.
From the body cam footage, the gun is seen being tossed out of the car to the ground as Holbert drove out of the parking lot. However, as she attempted to escape, she crashed the car into the bushes at a nearby intersection.
Medics arrived on the scene and took Nika Nicole Holbert to the Skyline Medical Center. They were unable to save her, and she died. Now, Twitter users are worried that this will spark more BLM protests claiming police brutality against a black person.
Tatum says that Officer Baker could have handled the situation better, but that despite that, the video footage shows us the undeniable truth that Holbert was in the wrong.
Here’s the video of Tatum explaining everything that happened in the video footage and how Holbert “was one hundred percent responsible for what happened to her.”