Authorities have released dashcam video showing a sheriff’s deputy in northwestern Minnesota shooting and wounding a woman.
Minnesota Public Radio reported Thursday that Mahnomen County. Sheriff Josh Guenther said he released the video of the March 13 incident near Naytahwaush in response to social media posts accusing Deputy Dakota Czerny of attempted murder.
The incident began when Czerny tried to make a traffic stop and the vehicle fled. A pursuit ensued and Czerny forced the vehicle off the road.
The video shows Czerny handcuffing someone outside the vehicle. Another person standing next to the vehicle, later identified as 20-year-old Shequoya Basswood, appears to point a handgun at the deputy. He tells her to drop the gun and then shoots her. Basswood was hit several times but survived.
Basswood told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that she was trying to remove the gun from her shirt when Czerny shot her.
Deputy Czerny saw a gun in Shequoya Basswood’s possession and began to retreat away from her, drawing his firearm, and ordering her to drop the gun. Basswood then turned toward Deputy Czerny, cycled the action on the firearm, and pointed it at him. Deputy Czerny fired his firearm, striking Basswood. She was charged with 1st Degree Assault, 1st Degree Murder – Attempt, Felon Convicted of Crime of Violence – Firearm or Ammunition Violation, Possession of Ammo/Any Firearm, Fleeing a Police Officer, and Carry/Possesses Pistol Without a Permit.
State investigators are reviewing the incident.