A Tennessee woman was killed and a cop was rushed into surgery following a shootout in a parking lot, graphic video shows.
Footage of the Friday morning encounter between Metro Nashville Police Officer Josh Baker and Nika N. Holbert, 31, shows the 14-year veteran cop deploying his Taser on the woman while ordering her to get out of a car.
Baker then tries to take the woman into custody as she yells and reaches for a handgun, opening fire on the officer, who shot back and fatally wounded Holbert, the intense footage shows.
Holbert was later pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.
Baker, who was hit beneath his bullet-resistant vest, was in stable condition after undergoing surgery, police spokesman Don Aaron said in a video statement.
Holbert was pulled over after Baker noticed that the registered owner of the Chevrolet Camaro she was driving was wanted on several drug warrants. She was alone at the time, video shows.
Holbert initially cooperated with Baker, but her “compliance changed” when the officer found what appeared to be marijuana and a powder substance in her bag, prompting him to try to detain her until backup arrived, Aaron said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the fatal shooting, the Tennessean reported.
“What happened today is a reminder that being a police officer anywhere can be a dangerous job,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said in a statement. “My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Baker and with the families of everyone involved.”