NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A spokesperson for the Norfolk Police Department confirms officers shot and killed 25-year-old India M. Beaty of Norfolk, who allegedly brandished a weapon at them early Saturday morning.
Norfolk Police’s Vice and Narcotics Division was conducting a surveillance operation in the 9500 block of Shore Drive. Shortly before 1:20 a.m., the officers observed at least one man and one woman in an argument, which was unrelated to their investigation.
Investigators saw that the woman had a handgun and threaten the unarmed man. They took immediate action and left their surveillance vehicles to approach the woman. They identified themselves as police officers and the woman refused to comply with them. Beaty made a threatening motion with the handgun. Two investigators discharged their service weapons, striking the woman.
No officers were hurt, according to Corporal Melinda Wray, a spokesperson for the Norfolk Police Department.
“Police challenged her and as a result of the encounter, she was shot by police,” Wray said.
The investigation has revealed the handgun brandished by Beaty was a non-firing replica firearm. The officers involved in the shooting, as well as other eyewitnesses, were at police headquarters Saturday morning to give their accounts.
Beaty’s mother, Sharon Overton, spoke to 10 On Your Side, and to her, it doesn’t sound like something her daughter would do.
“She would not do this, she was afraid of police. She was afraid. She would not take that chance,” Overton said.
Beaty’s mother has questions that she is trying to wrap her mind around about the investigation and the daughter she knew.
“What we were told is that she was out brandishing a gun and that the police confronted her and asked her where did you get this weapon from? What happened, what transpired from then to her being shot,” Overton questions.
“My daughter was not a bad person. We have so many people that knew her. So many people knew she was a good person,” Overton said.
Following the shooting incident, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith immediately responded to this morning’s scene.
“Any loss of life is tragic,” stated Chief Goldsmith. “This morning’s events affect not only my officers and Ms. Beaty’s family members, but our entire community. My thoughts and prayers go out to Ms. Beaty’s loved ones and we appreciate the public’s patience as we continue this investigation.”