LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Editor's note: KLTV has made the editorial decision not to air footage of the moment of Kristiana Coignard's death. The video attached shows the moments leading up to Coignard's death. The video may still be disturbing to some. Mobile users click here to view the video.
Longview police have released a video of an officer-involved shooting in which a teenager was killed. Longview Police Department Chief Don Dingler addressed the incident during a conference Wednesday before the department aired the video.
Dingler said 17-year-old
at 6:28 p.m. on Jan. 22 and used the after hours phone in the lobby that rings through to the Public Safety Communications Department. Dingler said she refused to tell the communications operator her problem over the phone.
When Officer Glenn Derr arrived, Coignard indicated she had a gun, which resulted in a physical confrontation. Video shows Derr struggling with Coignard and attempting to restrain her.
LPD Public Information Officer Kristie Brian said that at the start of the struggle, the officer was unaware Coignard had a knife and still believed she had a gun. During the struggle, Brian said it became evident she was armed with a large butcher knife that she attempted to pull from her waistband.
Derr was able to put distance between himself and Coignard. At that time, officer Gene Duffie entered the lobby and drew his stun gun and fired with no effect. Officer Grace Bagley entered the lobby immediately after the attempt.
Video shows Coignard as she attempted to charge one of the officers. Bagley fired her weapon twice and Derr discharged his weapon three times.
Emergency medical crews were called to the scene and Coignard was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center at 6:45 p.m. She was pronounced dead by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Mathis.Dingler was asked during the conference why officers didn't attempt to shoot her in the arm in an attempt to incapacitate her he said, "The officers went right to how they were trained. What they did is what they were trained for."
When asked why deadly force was used, Dingler cited time as an issue.
"All the patrol officers carry Tasers plus expandable batons. I think you'll see from the video that the time was a factor. There was no time for the officers to use other means," Dingler said.
shows the the teen died of gunshot wounds to the trunk and upper extremities of her body. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Coingnard was a former Pine Tree High School student. She withdrew from the school in Sept. 2013.
The three officers were placed on paid leave following the incident. Bagley has been with the department since March 2011, Derr since January 2013 and Duffie since April 1996. Dingler said all three are patrolmen.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the involved officers and the family of Miss Coignard," Dingler said.