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Search warrant reveals new details in Pettis County deputy shooting

SEDALIA, Mo. (KMIZ) -

A surveillance camera in Sedalia captured the entire interaction between a Pettis County deputy and a woman that deputy killed.

The details come in a search warrant affidavit written by the Missouri State Highway Patrol as part of its ongoing investigation into the death of 25-year-old Hannah Fizer. The affidavit said a restaurant's surveillance camera shows the "entire" traffic stop and shooting between the deputy and Fizer.

Fizer was killed on June 13 when a Pettis County sheriff's deputy pulled her over on West Broadway near Winchester Dr. Sheriff Kevin Bond said the deputy reported that Fizer refused to identify herself and threatened to shoot the deputy before he shot her. The highway patrol said on June 15 that investigators did not find a gun in the car.

A warrant request written by Trooper Kyle Seabaugh said the deputy also said Fizer told him she was recording the traffic stop on her phone. An inventory of items taken during the search of Fizer's car shows only a cell phone and a "projectile" taken from the car. The patrol found the phone on the floor in the front passenger side and the unidentified projectile in the driver's side door in front.

It does not say if the phone was recording at the time it was found.

Seabaugh's affidavit also mentions that a camera on a nearby restaurant showed the stop.

"A review of the footage revealed [that] during the traffic stop, the Pettis County Deputy makes contact with Fizer, he then can be seen drawing his duty weapon, and Fizer can be seen moving within her vehicle, then the Deputy fires his weapon," Seabaugh wrote.

The warrant application said deputies called for help following the shooting at about 10:07 p.m., six minutes after the traffic stop. First responders tried to give her first aid, but Fizer was declared dead at the scene by the county coroner.

Seabaugh said the patrol found five shell casings near the driver's side door, as well as multiple bullet holes in the door and window. Fizer also suffered from "what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds," according to the warrant request. Investigators did not find any other "projectiles" on the scene.

Seabuagh wrote that investigators were searching the car for "firearms, projectiles, spent cartridge casings, ammunition, and cell phones."

The surveillance video may be the only complete recording of the stop. Sheriff Kevin Bond said the deupty had neither a dashboard nor body-worn camera recording the incident. People in Pettis County have called for more details in the case, including the name of the deputy that shot and killed Fizer. That deputy is on administrative leave, according to Bond, while the patrol's investigation continues.


ABC 17 News Investigates / Pettis / Sedalia / Top Stories

Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.

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