BODYCAM: Police Shoot Armed Woman After Lengthy Standoff

Two Olathe, Kans., officers have been cleared in the shooting

By Calibre Press  |   Jan 4, 2018


An Olathe man tells FOX 4 that he wishes his girlfriend would have put her gun down when police showed up at a home on Wednesday to take her back to jail. Ciara Howard was 26 years old, serving time for a theft charge and on work release, but failed to return to the jail in Gardner.

Instead she went to her boyfriend’s house east of downtown Olathe, where after a standoff, Howard was shot and killed. FOX 4’s Shannon O’Brien talked to Howard’s boyfriend about the tragic end to her life.

Larry Sumners says he didn’t realize Howard had walked away from jail, he thought she was out on a day pass. They arrived back to his house from the store, ready to cook out when they got unexpected visitors.

“As soon as we close the door, someone knocked on the door and I opened it and it was the cops,” Sumners told FOX 4 during an exclusive interview.

The cops were looking for Howard, and once she found out police were there for her, Sumner says she hid in his bedroom with a gun.

“And that is what she was screaming that she didn’t want to go back to jail,” Sumners said.

Police spent several hours trying to talk Howard out of the house. When that didn’t work, they asked Sumners to help. From outside, he pleaded with his girlfriend through the bedroom window.

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