Gastonia Police shot a North Carolina mother of two after she called them for help removing unwanted guests from her home, Tuesday.
43-year-old Betty Sexton died Tuesday afternoon at a local hospital after Officer LaDoniqua Neely shot her in the chest.
“My sister would not hurt anyone,” Debra Kennedy said.
Kennedy says her sister called 911 so police could help her remove two unwanted guests from the home she shared with her boyfriend.
At one point, Sexton grabbed a musket gun from the closet.
“An old musket gun,” Kennedy said. “It has powder that goes down in it, and you got to use a rod down in it. Even pellets have to put down in it.”
Kennedy says her sister’s boyfriend told her the gun was not loaded, and he says when officers told the mother of two to put it down, she began to comply.
“That officer still shot my sister dead in the chest,” said Kennedy. “All she wanted was someone removed from her house.”
Gastonia Police have asked the NC State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation of the incident.
The incident comes just weeks after another Gastonia officer, Josh Lefevers, shot and killed a 74-year-old man during a welfare check at his home after the man produced a gun to confront his would-be intruders.
The mans family had asked police to check on him after a recent surgery.
Sexton is survived by two teenage children.