NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The story has taken many turns over the past three months. August 3, Norfolk police were called out to an incident at an apartment complex on Glen Myrtle Avenue. Police opened fire when they say a woman tried to run an officer over.
Last Wednesday, after three months behind bars, Jasmine Glespie pleaded guilty to DUI in the case. It was enough to get her out of jail, and now she and her attorneys are talking about a lawsuit against the city.
“I just kept thinking I was going to die, and I don’t want to die,” Glespie said.
It only three minutes from the time a Norfolk police officer got to the Breezy Point Apartments to moment his gun went off.
“There were no police cars,” Glespie added. “There were no sirens. There were no lights. There was nothing to indicate the police were there at all.”
Glespie, a Norfolk-based Sailor was at am apartment for a party. At the end of the night, she was drunk, and there was a fight with another girl. She got into her car to drive away when she felt somebody pulling on her arm. She said she thought it was the girl from the fight, so she never looked over to see who it was.
“The next thing I knew, I heard something real loud,” she recalled. “I go to step out of the car, but my whole left side is numb, so I fall out of the car. As I’m laying on the ground, I remember smelling iron. I tried to move, and I put my hand on the ground. I looked at my hand and I saw blood, and I began to panic.”
Glespie spent almost two weeks in the hospital. The bullet ruptured her bladder. From there, she spent another three months in jail charged with assault on a police officer. Police told 10 On Your Side Officer M.A. Hutson fired because he felt as if she was going to hit him with the car.
“I definitely feel I was shot for no reason, because I feel I wasn’t being aggressive,” Glespie said. “I wasn’t a threat to anybody. My intentions weren’t to hurt anybody.”
The charges against Glespie were dropped during the preliminary hearing. She did end up pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery for hitting a woman and driving under the influence.
“The officer has kind of laid out what happened,” added attorney Sonny Stallings. “There is not a lot of mystery here, I guess. The mystery is: why? I guess the bottom line is, he used deadly force in a situation that didn’t justify any force, let alone deadly force.”
Hutson, an eight-year veteran of the department, told the court he never identified himself as police. He was the only officer on the scene and never called for backup.
“The car door is open,” Stalling added. “Individual is still in the car. Individual is making no threats to him, and he fires a shot at her. It’s about as bad as it gets.”
Hutson has been on administrative duty since the incident. Glepsie’s attorneys are preparing to sue the city of Norfolk for what they call a clear case of excessive force.
“Anybody could be shot again, and I just feel like if nobody takes a stand for this, it can happen again,” Glespie said.
Glespie is still in a lot of pain today. She walks with a limp and could require years of physical therapy. In the meantime, the Norfolk Commonwealth’s attorney is still trying to determine if the shooting was justified.
You can watch the full interview with Glespie in the video player below: