Screenshot taken from Chief Darrell Lowe's video announcement (photo credit: Redmond WA Police Youtube Channel)

Redmond Police Chief assures complete investigation of police shooting that killed a mother at her own home

Chief Darrell Lowe said he has “no reason,” to expect criminal charges against officers involved.

Yesterday, Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe addressed the community regarding the investigation of an incident that occurred on Sept. 20, 2020 that led to the fatal shooting of a Redmond mother.

Andrea Churna was shot by Redmond police in her apartment complex after calling 911 reportedly fearing for her life, according to a report by KUOW.org.

“I am committed to a thorough, comprehensive and transparent review of this volatile incident to ensure that appropriate tactics were used and actions were appropriate,” Lowe said.

He said the King County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an independent investigation of the incident and the events and actions that lead up to Churna’s death in accordance with Initiative 940.

After the KCSO completes their investigation, Lowe said RPD will complete an internal review of the shooting and the events that lead to the use of force.

He also said an external review will be conducted by a scientific institution that specializes in the analysis of police deadly use-of-force incidents.

“After the reviews are complete,” said Lowe. “We will know if any disciplinary actions, policy changes, additional training or other actions are necessary,”.

Lowe also said the case has been presented to the King County Prosecutor’s Office and they will determine if criminal charges will be pressed against any of the officers involved.

“Based on the limited information I know, I have no reason to believe [criminal charges] will happen,” Lowe said.

In line with department protocol, the officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave before returning to duty, according to Lowe.


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