Sister of Woman Shot by Police Speaks Out - 8 News NOW

Sister of Woman Shot by Police Speaks Out

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LAS VEGAS - The sister of a woman shot and killed by Metro Police this month talked with 8 News NOW for the first time since the deadly confrontation.

Police say a friend of 49-year-old Sharmel Edwards called authorities April 21 to say she was driving his car without permission. He also told dispatchers he left a gun in the car.

Edwards pulled over near Jones Boulevard and Smoke Ranch Road. Police say after 30 minutes of trying to get her to surrender, she came out pointing that gun at officers.

"Whatever happened in that moment, none of us will ever know why she did what she did," said Sharmel's sister Renee Johnson. "You know, it was an accident and a mistake, and I'm pretty sure that if she could look back at it, she would say that she didn't mean for things to go down that way."

Johnson says while her sister's actions have been criticized, she wants the public to know that Edwards was the loving mother of three children, had a professional job and earned a master's degree.

Five Metro officers who fired their weapons at Edwards remain on paid administrative leave.

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