Family says woman has died a day after being shot by Gastonia police officer

Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 7:42 PM EST
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GASTONIA, N.C. (WBTV) - Family says a woman has died a day after being shot by a Gastonia police officer who was responding to a call.

Police say the incident happened just after 12 a.m. Monday off Mountain Avenue in Gastonia. Police say officers responded to the area for an overdose call, and encountered a woman, later identified as 33-year-old Shae Estelle Jones, armed with a gun outside the home.

Her sister, Ashley, previously told WBTV that Shae Jones had severe brain swelling and spinal...
Her sister, Ashley, previously told WBTV that Shae Jones had severe brain swelling and spinal cord damage.(Provided by Family)

Police say the officer shot Jones, who was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. That afternoon. officials said Jones was in critical but stable condition.

Her sister, Ashley, previously told WBTV that Shae Jones had severe brain swelling and spinal cord damage.

“We just don’t understand how this could have happened,” Ashley said.

On Tuesday evening, sister Ashley said Shae Jones died at 3:07 p.m. WBTV has reached out to the Gastonia Police Department for further comment.

Neighbors were shocked to learn of the shooting.

“This is usually just a peaceful community right here, these couple blocks that I know of,” said Robbie Maney. “When I opened the door, police had the street blocked from cars going to the other end.”

The officer involved, identified as Officer K. Solano-Garita, was paced on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure.

“The Gastonia Police Department’s Office of Professional Standards will conduct a separate but parallel administrative investigation to determine whether department policies and procedures were followed,” police say. The SBI is assisting in the investigation.

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