A Missouri woman died Friday after being fatally shot in a car with her two children, police said.
The 34-year-old woman was shot and pronounced dead at a hospital, the St. Louis County Police Department said.
She was not identified.
The family said they were notified about the shooting at about 5:30 p.m.
Friday, but did not immediately provide additional details.
St. Joseph County Coroner’s Office spokeswoman Janelle Krawczyk said Friday that the woman had two children with her, ages 8 and 7.
The officer who shot her, who was not named, has been placed on administrative leave, the police department said.
“I’m not going to comment on the pending investigation, but I will say that we are cooperating fully with the St Joseph County Police investigation,” said Police Chief Robert Dunham.
“We are committed to getting justice for Ms. Krawsons family.”
The St. Charles County Sheriff’s Office said the officer was being treated at a local hospital and had been taken into custody.
The St Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the family told investigators that Krawson was in the car with a husband and their two children.
Police said the officers were responding to reports of a possible domestic dispute.
Police say the family, who are from nearby St. John, Missouri, was not armed and were not a threat to the officer.
“As far as what they are doing now, I’m not aware of anything that has occurred,” Dunham said.
Officers are still on the scene, Dunham said, but they did not release any details about what led up to the shooting.
The mother was the oldest of three children, the Post-Register reported.
The Post-Pad reported that family members told police that Krewson was a single mother and had three children.
She is believed to have been working as a security guard.
The father was not at the scene and was not involved in the dispute, Dunham told the newspaper.
The children are still in the care of the father, the paper reported.
KRAWSON IS NOT A PERSON WITH A CRIME IN MISSOURI The St Joseph Police Department has not released the names of the officer involved, or the officer’s agency, the newspaper reported.
It is unclear what the officers race is, though the newspaper said it was likely to be a Caucasian.
“The officer involved was placed on leave,” Dunham told reporters.
He said there is no indication of any criminal activity.
The woman was the mother of two, the New Orleans Advocate reported.
She also was the father of a 3-year old daughter and a 2-year.
The Advocate reported that her husband was the person who gave her the weapon.
The incident has prompted protests in Missouri, as well as nationwide.
Jay Nixon said Friday the officer who fired the shot was “a hero” and that his department was working to support Krawks family.
“This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. and her family as they cope with this tragic loss,” Nixon said in a statement.
Missouri Rep. Keith Ellison said the woman’s death was an “important day for Missouri.”
“It’s clear that law enforcement has the power to protect the public, and we must always stand with them, not against them,” Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, said in an emailed statement.
“If anyone has any information that can assist in the investigation of this tragedy, they are encouraged to call St. Joe’s Major Crimes Task Force at (314) 639-4541.”
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the shooting was an act of terrorism.
“There are people out there who would like to inflict harm on this city and I have grave concerns about that,” Koster told reporters Friday.
“But the fact is, there is nothing on the horizon here that is going to make it less of a priority to bring justice to these victims.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.