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Sunday, May 29, 2005

Teenager shot by deputy

Associated Press

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Police say a teenager gave a deputy no choice but to fire at her when she tried to run him over during a traffic stop. But the young woman says she simply panicked and that officers didn't believe her at first when she told them she was shot.

Katrina Stover was in fair condition after Chester County sheriff's Cpl. Brandon Brown hit her with a single shot during Thursday's stop. Brown was working with members of York County's drug unit.

Stover, 18, has no prior criminal record, police said, but she now faces five drug charges, assault with intent to kill, child neglect and resisting arrest. A passenger in her car, Keewon Degraffenreid, 21, of Rock Hill was arrested on the same charges, police said.

According to a police report, officers tried to stop the Yukon after they saw the couple trafficking 67.5 grams of crack and cocaine and trying to buy two pounds of marijuana. Officers seized the drugs and $6,532 cash.

Stover told The (Rock Hill) Herald that she had been shopping with Degraffenreid, who she said is her boyfriend, and his 8-year-old niece and 6-year-old nephew when two undercover police cars pulled beside her.

She said the officers got out of their cars, and one pointed his gun in her open window. "I put my hands up and said, 'Don't shoot me!' " she told the newspaper.

She said Degraffenreid accidentally kicked the car into reverse while jumping into the back seat to protect the children. That made her panic and hit the gas, and then the shot was fired, she told The Herald.

"I felt something hit me and didn't know what it was," she said. Then, "I realized I was shot and held my stomach."

Stover said officers pulled her boyfriend out of a rear window to arrest him. She said she got out of the car to get help. "I said, 'I'm shot,' " Stover said. "They said, 'No, you're not.' "

Stover said she started to walk away, took two steps and fell to the ground. She said police picked her up and handcuffed her and told her she had been shocked with a Taser, not shot.

"I didn't think a Taser made you bleed," Stover said.

When Rock Hill police arrived, Stover said, an officer realized she was bleeding and had the handcuffs removed. Stover was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center.

Rock Hill Police Detective Les Herring said he doesn't know anything about Stover being handcuffed after she was shot and said any use of a Taser would have been in the incident report. The Herald said there was no mention of a Taser in the report.


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