Jessica Leanne Nelson-Williams, 29

San Francisco, California
May 19, 2016

Agencies: San Francisco Police Department California

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: almost 4 years ago


Jessica Leanne Nelson-Williams was shot and killed by police officers who say they were attempting to remove her from a stolen car and take her into custody. Officials say two uniformed officers were conducting a stolen vehicle recovery operation in the Bayview District when Nelson-Williams, the driver of a stolen sedan fled. She hit a parked truck near the dead end of Elmira Street.

While officers were trying to take the woman into custody, police say she moved the vehicle she was driving in a back and forth motion. One officer fired one shot. Nelson-Williams died at the hospital.

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