Woman shot by police on 394 was possessed by "the spirit of the devil"

Katherine Gordon, shot and killed on I-394, had said she should be "locked up."
Katherine Gordon, shot and killed on I-394, had said she should be "locked up."

Katherine Gordon, the woman shot and killed by a Golden Valley Police officer during a traffic stop on Interstate 394 last week, had a previous run-in with area police. The details are weird enough that it's making some wonder if she should've been walking or driving around anywhere, let alone in possession of a handgun.

In July, Gordon attempted to turn herself into Edina police, explaining that she thought she could be a danger to herself and others. Police took her to the Fairview Southdale Hospital, where she was admitted on her own volition, according to the Star Tribune.

Gordon explained to police that she'd just moved to Minnesota from California, and that something was bothering her. Namely, she thought there was a spirit inside her which might be "the spirit of the devil," she said.

The Edina police incident, which took place July 26, came to an unknown resolution: The Edina police report indicates that Gordon was placed in a locked room at the time she was admitted, but Fairview Southdale won't or can't disclose any more about what happened, citing privacy concerns.

Gordon also told the police that for her own safety and the safety others, she thought she should be "locked up," the Star Tribune reports.

After some delay, The Golden Valley Police Department has released the name of the officer involved in the shooting. Officer Rob Zarrett is described as a 13-year veteran of the police force, but he's also got a prior incident of a traffic stop gone wrong.

In October of 2005, Zarrett was an assisting officer as St. Louis Park police pursued a car that had initially refused to stop. After the male driver of the vehicle was in handcuffs, his wife, Sandra Brown, spoke to a 911 operator on the phone. Zarrett insisted that the woman, still in the passenger seat of the car, hang up the phone immediately.

When she didn't, Zarrett zapped her with his taser. Brown later sued the police department and won a $250,000 settlement for Zarrett's actions.


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