NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The woman shot by a Norfolk officer after hitting another woman with her vehicle Sunday morning is a Sailor, according to the Navy. It was the city’s fourth officer-involved shooting of the year.
According to a press release from Norfolk police, an officer responded to the 8600 block of Glen Myrtle Avenue around 12:15 a.m. for reports of a disturbance in the area. Residents told WAVY.com they were there to break up a large party.
“The police arrived shortly after, and that‘s kind of when it went crazy,“ said witness Courtney McElroy.
An officer arrived on the scene and saw a group of people standing around a black sedan. The woman driving the sedan, 24-year-old Jasmine N. Glespie, tried to leave the area and struck a woman with the car.
Police say Glespie then failed to obey the officer’s commands to stop the car.
10 On Your Side spoke with a fellow Sailor who was at that party. She said Glespie mostly likely had to much to drink, she started to drive away and hit a woman who was standing the street. Glespie kept going. She was corned by officers who opened up her door and tried to pull her out of the car. There was a bit of struggle and that’s when one officer pulled out a gun and shot her in the side.
“I seen a lot of people crying and falling out and everything, it was just a lot of commotion,” the fellow Sailor said.
Police said the officer shot Glespie as she started driving the car towards him and the group of bystanders.
Medics rushed Glespie and the pedestrian who was struck to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Glespie was rushed right into surgery, according fellow Sailors who have been instructed not to talk about the incident by the Navy.
Friends tell us Glespie is not a violent person and doesn’t carry a weapon. They say she was going to comply to the officers demands and was telling them she was trying to park her car. They tell us she would never purposely hurt anyone, let alone an officer, and believe in this case police over reacted.
Both Glespie and the pedestrian are expected to recover.
A woman who was a passenger in Glespie’s car was also taken to the hospital for an unrelated medical condition. She was not injured when the officer fired his gun at the car.
Glespie, who is also known as Jasmine Glasper, is a Sailor from Texas assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt, according to Navy AIRLANT spokesman Mike Maus. She faces charges of malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding, and felony assault of a law enforcement officer.
The officer involved in the shooting was put on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard in all police-involved shootings, according to a police spokeswoman.
The incident marks the fourth time this year that a Norfolk police officer has been involved in a shooting. The other three were all fatal.
A Norfolk police officer shot and killed 29-year-old James Brown after he killed Officer Brian Jones and 17-year-old Mark Rodriguez in a shooting spree on May 30.
On June 4, 72-year-old Lawrence Faine was killed by police after he threatened an officer with a knife at Calvary Towers. Two days later, on June 6, David Latham, 35, who had a history of mental illness, was shot and killed after he threatened an officer with a knife.