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California cop who shot dead a 17-year-old girl who pulled a replica gun on him while having a mental crisis will not be charged

A police officer was justified in killing a 17-year-old girl who appeared to be having a mental health crisis and pointed a replica gun at him when he stopped her for driving erratically on a California freeway, an investigation has found.
Fullerton Officer Scott Flynn shot Hannah Williams three times on July 5, 2019, killing her, before cops later discovered she had a BB gun.
In a letter shared on Tuesday, the Orange County district attorney's office says that an investigation found the cop reasonably believed that the teenager was going to kill him.
'Based on the totality of all the circumstances, it was necessary for Officer Flynn to react by firing his weapon in self-defense and defense of others,' Deputy District Attorney Avery Harrison wrote in a letter about the investigation sent to the Fullerton police chief on June 22.
Fullerton Officer Scott Flynn was justified in killing 17-year-old Hannah Williams on July 5, 2019, the Orange County district attorney's office has said
Flynn spotted Williams driving erratically on the 91 freeway and did a check on the vehicle to find it was a rental, leading him to believe it was a criminal fleeing
Fullerton Officer Scott Flynn was justified in killing 17-year-old Hannah Williams on July 5, 2019, the Orange County district attorney's office has said. Flynn spotted Williams driving erratically on the 91 freeway and did a check on the vehicle to find it was a rental, leading him to believe it was a criminal fleeing
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'Although the incident is deeply saddening, resulting in the death of a minor with mental illness, Officer Flynn did not commit a crime,' the prosecutor wrote. 
'To the contrary, he carried out his duties as a peace officer in a reasonable and justifiable manner.'
The letter didn't name the teen, but her family previously identified her as Hannah Linn Williams, the Orange County Register reported.

Flynn was on duty and driving an injured police dog to a veterinarian when the rented gray Dodge SUV Williams was driving sped past him at more than 100 mph on an Anaheim freeway.
Flynn did a check and discovered she was driving a rental. 
'It was at this time Officer Flynn believed that the driver might be fleeing from the commission of a crime because, in his 11 years of police experience, suspects involved in criminal activity often use rented vehicles during the commission of their crimes,' the district attorney's letter states. 
'Due to the SUV acting so erratically, he felt this could possibly be one of those vehicles.' 
An investigation found the cop reasonably believed the teenager (right) was going to kill him, a letter dated June 22 states
An investigation found the cop reasonably believed the teenager (right) was going to kill him, a letter dated June 22 states 
She was later found to be holding a BB gun (pictured) and appeared to be suffering a mental health crisis
She was later found to be holding a BB gun (pictured) and appeared to be suffering a mental health crisis
There is no audio for the first 30 seconds of the clip but when it does start the officer can be heard shouting 'Show me your f***ing hands! Show me your hands' after she has been shot
There is no audio for the first 30 seconds of the clip but when it does start the officer can be heard shouting 'Show me your f***ing hands! Show me your hands' after she has been shot
Another officer then arrives on the scene and, they restrain her and after securing the area they administer first aid to the girl, who appears to have been hit in her chest and leg
Another officer then arrives on the scene and, they restrain her and after securing the area they administer first aid to the girl, who appears to have been hit in her chest and leg
The car then slowed down, forcing him to brake and change lanes to avoid a crash, Harrison wrote.
The SUV then turned and hit the front end of the patrol car and ended up parked the wrong way on a freeway ramp. The letter states that Flynn believed he was being attacked.
Video from Flynn's body-worn camera shows him walking toward the SUV and facing the teenager. At the same time she is 'walking toward him with her arms raised, holding what appeared to be a black semiautomatic firearm, in a shooting position with the barrel raised and pointed directly' at him. 
Flynn fired several shots. There is no audio for the first 30 seconds of the clip but when it does start the officer can be heard shouting 'Show me your f***ing hands! Show me your hands' after she has been wounded.
Another officer then arrives on the scene and quickly begins to help his colleague administer first aid to the girl, who appears to have been hit in her chest and leg, after securing the area.
The teenager was a lifeguard and high school senior
The June 22 letter states she was taking anti-depressants and seeing a psychiatrist
The teenager was a lifeguard and high school senior. The June 22 letter states she was taking antidepressants and seeing a psychiatrist
He can be heard saying: 'It's a replica, it's a replica.'
In the harrowing clip high school senior and lifeguard Hannah can be heard pleading for help and telling officers she cannot breathe.
When told to roll over onto her stomach and put her hands behind her back she complies with both police orders. She is then handcuffed.
She says: 'Please, help me. I can't breathe.'
Shortly after the fatal shooting Hannah's father made a call to report his daughter missing, telling the 911 handler he was worried she could be a danger to herself and that she was on medication for depression.
The June 22 letter states she was taking antidepressants and seeing a psychiatrist. 
Asked if she had spoken about hurting herself he replies: 'No ma'am. But like I said, she is on medication right now. It's just you know out of the blue, she's never done this.'
Her stepmother said Williams had tried to run away and 'hurt herself' in the past.
Hannah's family lawyer S. Lee Merritt is pictured right with her loved ones. Shortly after the fatal shooting Hannah's father made a call to report his daughter missing, telling the 911 handler he was worried she could be a danger to herself. Her stepmother said Williams had tried to run away and 'hurt herself' in the past
Hannah's family lawyer S. Lee Merritt is pictured right with her loved ones. Shortly after the fatal shooting Hannah's father made a call to report his daughter missing, telling the 911 handler he was worried she could be a danger to herself. Her stepmother said Williams had tried to run away and 'hurt herself' in the past
On April 29, 2019 she allegedly resisted a police officer while running away from a mental health facility.
'During the physical struggle, Minor Doe [Williams] grabbed the officer's duty pistol and was able to pull it out of the officer's gun belt,' the letter states. 'The officer, with the assistance of a civilian, was able to wrestle the gun out of Minor Doe's hand and no shots were fired.' 
In August 2018, she was found with a hunting knife on a street and told officers she had planned to kill someone, the prosecutor's letter said. It states that the same month she threatened to torture and kill her stepbrother and mother.
It's unclear in which cities these prior incidents took place. 
Flynn was an officer with the La Palma Police Department from 2008 before joining Fullerton police in 2014.
The Fullerton Police Department declined to comment on Tuesday saying 'the case is still pending litigation right now.' 
Shortly after the shooting Williams' family filed a lawsuit against the city for damages. The attorney claimed the officer did not follow department protocol when approaching the vehicle.

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