Texas mom miraculously survives 5 shots from police when mistaken as a home intruder

A woman miraculously survived after being shot five times by Houston police officers who thought she was an intruder breaking into an apartment.

Eboni Pouncy, 28, and her friend forgot their keys and accidentally locked themselves out of the friend’s apartment where Pouncy’s 1-year-old daughter was. So they broke in through a window to get inside. A neighbor saw them and mistook them for intruders, calling the police over the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that they found “the front window screen removed, broken glass and the blinds raised, near the front door.”

The two had been in the house for about 20 minutes when they heard officers pounding on the door. They claim they did not hear the officers identify themselves. Pouncy reportedly grabbed her gun and went to the door before the officers ordered her to drop the weapon and then fired on her according to ABC News.

“We got into the house. We were watching TV. There was a knock at the door at that time, and I got up, and I grabbed my gun, and I went to go greet who was ever at the door,” Pouncy commented.

She was hit five times in one of her legs and her torso but survived. The friend and her little girl were not injured.

Cell phone footage that was acquired by KTRK, reportedly shows officers ordering Pouncy’s friend to come down the stairs following the shooting.

“I live here. Please don’t shoot,” she told the officers who ordered her to the ground and then handcuffed her.

Pouncy was taken to a hospital by paramedics and treated for her injuries.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by a grand jury. Pouncy has retained civil rights attorney Ben Crump to go after the officers.

Pouncy is now going to the media over the altercation. She sat down with Crump for an interview with ABC News Thursday to discuss the bodycam footage that shows Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies opening fire through a window in response to what they thought was a break-in. The footage was released on Saturday.

“In the new body-worn video of the incident released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), which spans about four minutes in total, two officers can be seen approaching an upstairs Houston apartment in the early hours of Feb. 3. A car alarm then begins to go off, and one of the officers says something to the other, and the two begin shooting after one of the officers allegedly spots Pouncy inside with a gun, according to HCSO. One of the officers re-loads their weapon and continues firing before the two retreat downstairs and notify colleagues through their radios that shots were fired. A gun was recovered near the apartment entryway after the shooting, according to HCSO,” ABC News reported.

“I started seeing holes in the walls. And then I realized there was something coming through the apartment,” Pouncy told the media outlet in the interview. “I see blood everywhere.”

She claims that following her being shot, she can no longer take care of her daughter the way she needs to, “[My] beautiful baby girl. She knows that I’m not able to do the things I was able to do before, and I’m not able to be as attentive with my baby. She’s only one [year old]. That’s probably the hardest part.”

Crump is asserting that the actions of the officers are “evidence of the unnecessary and excessive force.”

(Video Credit: FOX 26 Houston)

Despite no vital organs being struck, Crump is contending that the long-term effects of her injuries are problematic and that his client has been traumatized.

“We all know that every American citizen right now is keenly aware of their Second Amendment rights and their rights to bear arms,” Crump noted to ABC News. “Why is it a presumption that we don’t have a right to the Second Amendment? This reminds you of the tragic killing of Breonna Taylor, where her boyfriend was a law-abiding gun-registered citizen. And yet, the police busted in their front door, shooting and killing Breonna.”

“This newly-released body cam footage is evidence of the unnecessary and excessive force used against her,” the attorney said in a statement Monday. “We demand that the deputies involved be immediately held accountable for the terrible injuries.”

“The shooting of Eboni Pouncy should have never happened,” Crump’s statement added. “The video shows the deputies that responded to Eboni’s friend’s house shot first and asked questions later. It is concerningly clear by the video and Eboni’s injuries that deputies were not justified in shooting her five times.”


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