Video Released Of Officer Involved Shooting

Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 19:39:15-04

Gallatin Police Department officials have released body cam and dash cam video of a fatal officer involved shooting.

The shooting happened Wednesday morning. Gallatin officers were responding to a call for assistance from Sumner County Deputies.

Woman Fatally Shot By Officer Hit Deputy With Medieval Axe

Due to the level of public interest and because this was a fatal shooting involving a police officer below is the video in its entirety. Please note its graphic nature.

TBI officials said a Sumner County deputy, identified as Gary Pickard, was serving an eviction notice with housing authorities at the home of Laronda Sweatt on Chaffin Court when she became combative.

Sweatt allegedly hit Pickard with the ax. He was then able to stumble to his cruiser to call for back-up.

Three Gallatin Police officers arrived and reportedly got into another altercation with Sweatt where she allegedly threatened them with the same ax.

The body cam video shows officers pull up to the home. The officer immediately gets out of his car, when Sweatt comes into view. She is holding some kind of weapon, which police said was a medieval ax.

The officer yells three times “Get on the ground,” and then continues to yell “Drop it” multiple times before firing twice.

Sweatt can be heard yelling back, but it’s unclear what she was saying.

While at the scene, authorities administered medical care on Sweatt at the scene. She was then taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center where she later died.