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Multiple investigations underway after deadly officer-involved shooting on Holton Street

Posted at 7:10 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 20:16:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Additional details were released Thursday in a stabbing that led to a deadly officer involved shooting in Tallahassee.

Police say it all started with a call Wednesday morning about a stabbing on Saxson Street on the southside.

They were able to find the person who matched the suspect's description at the Leon Arms Apartment complex.

Police say Natosha "Tony" McDade was shot after pointing a gun at an officer.

"Our officer calls out shots fired," said Chief Revell. "And said over the radio that the suspect had pointed a gun at him."

Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell outlined what happened on Wednesday in the moments before the officer-involved shooting.

"According to what we've been told, she pointed the gun at the officer, or before the officer could even fully exit the vehicle," said Revell.

Police say McDade matched the description of a suspect connected to a deadly stabbing on Saxson Street. Officers were able to track her down at the Leon Arms Apartment complex on Holton Street in the Bond community.

"The investigation for this officer-involved shooting is following our standard protocol," Revell said. "The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave."

Now, there are three investigations connected to the events that played out Wednesday morning, including what led to the deadly stabbing on Saxson Street, the woman's death connected to the shooting, along with a separate investigation into the officer's decision to use their gun.

The officer will not return to work until a grand jury has reviewed the case and any evidence connected to the shooting.

"COVID-19 is slowing that process tremendously," said Chief Revell. "It's tough on the community having to wait for those answers and it's tough on our officers having to wait to be able to tell their side of things, exactly what happened."

It's a process district attorney Jack Campbell says will likely be delayed due to the coronavirus.

"Our attorneys are still working and preparing them, but we're not able to have hearings, pleas, or trials," Campbell said. "Without resolution to these disputes, it's created a tremendous backlog."

Part of the evidence could include any body camera or dash cam video connected to the shooting, however, Chief Revell said he did not know if any existed. A decision on any charges in this case would come from the grand jury, not TPD.