The mother of a woman shot by an Omaha police officer had tried to become her adult daughter's legal guardian several years ago, according to Douglas County court records.
Madonna J. Runco, who was arguing with her daughter just before the shooting, filed the petition regarding Paula K. Moen in 2006.
Runco said in that court filing that Moen lacked “sufficient understanding to make or communicate responsible decisions'' arranging for medical care, protecting her personal effects, handling money and other matters.
Moen, 52, was shot once in the chest Thursday night after she threatened Officers Jodi Sautter and Marisa Boyce with a knife and 12-gauge flare gun, according to police.
Police on Friday identified Sautter as the officer who had fired her service weapon.
The shooting occurred at Runco's residence in northwest Omaha. Runco, 73, had called 911 to report a disturbance involving her daughter. Once officers arrived, police said, she told them that her daughter has a mental illness and that she was intoxicated.
Moen was expected to survive her injuries. She was in critical but stable condition at Creighton University Medical Center.
At the time of the guardianship petition, Moen had been hospitalized, according to the court records. Runco later withdrew the petition when a lawyer was appointed as Moen's representative.
Moen apparently has no current legal guardian. Family members could not be reached Friday.
According to an account given by police:
The shooting occurred at 4906 N. 103rd Ave. about 8:45 p.m. Moen had been living at the home off and on.
Runco told authorities that her daughter refused to turn down her music. She directed the officers down the stairs to the basement and garage.
Sautter and Boyce found Moen in a chair in the garage, the music playing. The officers tried to get her attention and asked her to turn down the music.
She refused and reached into her purse, removing a small glass bottle and throwing it at the officers.
The officers yelled at Moen to remove her hands from the inside of her purse. Moen pulled out a lockblade folding knife and waved it at the officers.
Boyce fired an electroshock gun, knocking Moen to the floor momentarily. Moen got back up, still armed with the knife.
At some point Moen drew the flare gun from her purse, pointed it at Boyce and pulled back the hammer. A flare gun is typically used for signaling to aircraft. It can kill if fired at a person.
Sautter had drawn her service weapon moments earlier, and fired once when Moen raised the flare gun. Moen fell to the garage floor and was handcuffed before being taken to the hospital.
Police said possible charges against Moen are pending: first-degree assault of an officer and use of a weapon to commit a felony. She will receive a mental evaluation, they said.
Sautter and Boyce are on paid administrative leave, which is Police Department procedure for officer-involved shootings and the follow-up investigation.
Boyce, 30, has been with the department since 2008.
Sautter, 37, has been on the force for a decade. She was involved in the May 2011 arrest of Robert Wagner outside Creighton University Medical Center.
Sautter's sister, Officer Jackie Dolinsky, was seen on video hitting and kicking Wagner.
Dolinsky was fired but later cleared of wrongdoing and reinstated. Sautter, who was her sister's partner at the time, used a Taser on Wagner in the parking lot.
In 2003, a paranoid schizophrenic who had committed a carjacking wrested Sautter's gun away from her.
A bystander intervened and tackled the man before he could use the weapon. A judge in 2005 found the man not guilty of assaulting Sautter by reason of insanity.
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