A 19-year-old woman committed suicide by shooting herself through the mouth after the police had detained her. This disturbing and tragic event occurred in July 2018 and ended in disaster for everyone involved.
On that fateful evening, Sarah Wilson and her 27-year-old boyfriend Holden Medlin drove their 1996 Lexus through Chesapeake when they got pulled over by the police. The officers found drugs in the vehicle and proceeded to arrest the couple.
They placed Wilson in handcuffs, however, her boyfriend resisted and ran away from the scene.
The officers pursued Medlin and momentarily left Wilson with her hands cuffed behind her back. While unattended, the young woman could grab a weapon from the Lexus car and contorted her body in a way that let her aim the gun at herself.
She then committed suicide by shooting herself through the mouth. Chesapeake Police Spokesman Leo Kosinski told the news outlet WAVY about the tragic event, and the media was informed that an internal investigation was launched after Wilson's death.
Shortly after, the administrator of the chief medical examiner's Norfolk office, Donna Price, confirmed that Wilson had died of a suicide.
However, Wilson's friends and family doubted the story and questioned if it was true.
"In all of her life, I have never known of her to shoot a gun, own a gun, or even hold a gun," Wilson's mother, Dawn, claimed. She told ABC 13 that she had heard from witnesses that it was instead the police officers that were responsible for Wilson's death.
"There are a few different stories, but they all end the same: that the police shot her. Things are not matching up. Somewhere, somehow, there is a discrepancy," she said.
Spokesperson Kosinski informed the media that the body cam footage, which would have helped to resolve any questions, was unavailable. During the struggle with Medlin, the bodycam on one of the officers was knocked off.
Medlin was known by the authorities, and he was reportedly being monitored by the police before his arrest. When the officers approached the car on the day of the incident, Medlin swallowed a "golf-ball sized bag" of an unknown substance.
The officers found 11 oxycodone, a syringe, drug paraphernalia, a rifle, and several ammunition boxes in the car.
When Medlin was arrested, he was charged with possession of the drugs oxycodone, suboxone, paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm. He was also charged with a schedule I or II drugs, fleeing from a law enforcement officer, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.