GASTONIA, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A woman accidentally shot by an officer wants him fired.
Brittany Lynn made an emotional plea Tuesday morning for the officer to be terminated. Her thoughts were communicated through her spokesman, Civil Rights Advocate John Barnett.
This comes after the district attorney told Fox 46 Charlotte the Gastonia City Police Officer shot her by accident.
State Bureau of Investigation officials released the name of the officer Tuesday morning. He was identified as Stephen Whisnant. He was hired in September 2017.
Police were responding to a noise complaint Sunday night on Gray Street. Once the woman opened the door, warrants stated someone else inside had a gun and wouldn’t put it down.
“She told the officer, she verbally told him, that I have children here. And I have my hands up. When she opened the door, the shots rang out,” Barnett said. “Luckily she didn’t die from these gunshot wounds, but I do know it’s a blessing that she’s alive.”
The woman has injuries to her chest.
Police arrested the woman’s brother, Jarvis Lynn. They said he was the one with the weapon. Because he is a convicted felon he wasn’t suppose to have a gun. They charged him with possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting a police officer. He is in jail on $50,000 bond.
During his first court appearance on Tuesday, the judge brought up his past criminal history including recent warrants for larceny and assault of a female.
Barnett said Jarvis Lynn ran into the house when he saw police officers in the neighborhood because he had outstanding warrants. Officers followed him to the home. That’s when the shooting happened.
Barnett said while there was a gun in the house, neither of the Lynn siblings had it in their hands.
At the time of the shooting there were four kids in the house.
There are conflicting reports regarding the number of shots fired. Initially, police said “a shot” was fired, while the the family said it was several.
State investigators continues to look into the shooting.