POLICE BRUTALITY: 83-year-old grandmother calls 911, police arrive and shoot her three times, dead

(LOU COLAGIOVANNI)   Police in Altavista, Virginia say they had no choice but to shoot an 83-year-old Christian grandmother because she would not drop her gun during a standoff.

Delma Towler, 83, grandmother and active participant in her local church was gunned down by police after she called 911. Records indicate that Towler called 911 and hung up the phone without making a report.

The call trigged an automatic dispatch of police to Towler’s residence. Upon arriving police claim to have heard gunshots from inside the home. There was no indication that Towler was attempting to shoot at the police.

When law enforcement came to the front door, Towler ran out the back door apparently in fear that the police were actually criminals. At this time she was still armed.

It was locally reported by WDBJ7.com that the Virginia State Police (VSP) issued the following statement:

Altavista Police Officers made several attempts to determine if anyone was inside Delma Towler’s home and then heard shots fired from inside.

Officers took cover and watched her leave the house with a gun in her hand. They followed her as she walked up to another home.
They approached Towler, and commanded her repeatedly to put down her gun. Officers say she refused and pointed her weapon at them. She was then shot and died at the scene.

Allegedly shots were fired from inside the home, but forensic evidence has not been made public yet to confirm this. Towler’s son, Robert Barbour, says that if his mother did discharge her weapon it would only have been to scare away an intruder. He says, “Mom ain’t gonna hurt no police officer or nobody else. She was a good Christian woman and she wouldn’t hurt a soul.”

In analyzing the official statement by the VSP, their reasoning is curious. They claim Towler was walking up to another home, but that home was owned by her sister. Robert Barbour claims, “My aunt was holding the door open for her to come in and my aunt said she heard three shots like bang, bang, bang and she went down.”

Police claim they commanded Towler to put down her weapon, and that she refused. They claim that she then pointed her weapon at the officers, and they had no choice but to open fire on the senior citizen to protect their own lives.

For this statement to be true several things also have to be true. The police’s statement implies a conversation between Towler and officers in that backyard. For Towler to point the weapon at officers, this means it was not pointed at them when they demanded she drop the weapon.

Therefore the police claim they accosted an armed elderly Delma Towler, and after identifying themselves as police officers and telling her to drop her weapon she instead, while being surrounded, raised her weapon? This is the official rationale offered by police.

Draw your own conclusions.


18 Responses to POLICE BRUTALITY: 83-year-old grandmother calls 911, police arrive and shoot her three times, dead

  • this is what israel tactics has done to your police forces around the usa our goverment has made a terrable mistake militainizing police, all they did was make a domestic enemy in doing so. police should be a protector of the citisens not a miliary that acts like a roge gurrilla with no real leeders. these people that have done this should face the citisens in a court of law and exsplain why they thought an eighty year old woman with a gun skared out of reason should be killed? if any of them was civel enough to talk to her she may well be alive. this is the best reason to get israel out of our country for good and all their fallowers with them deport or
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  • Elderly people often get confused… they are also prone to hearing loss. There are a lot of factors to consider when dealing with elderly people. These officers should be required to go to sensitivity training.

  • I would be embarassed to have to face the public after doing something as cowardly as that. Any reasonable person would. I’d be willing to bet these dregs will stand proud and tall in front of the microphone while they rationalize this one.

  • police departmentsin America are trained by Israeli firms which train them to imagine everyone is a terrorist. Just like the IDF does to the Palestinians. That is why you have Police which are out of control. The rule of sanity is to NEVER NEVER CALL THE POLICE FOR ANYTHING IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE

  • Can you imagine this….shooting an elderly woman? Why not back off? They were obviously following her, they could have just let her enter the sister’s house, and backed off. They didn’t have to force the issue, because I really cannot believe they were in any danger. If they felt they were in danger, it was of their own volition. They didn’t have to follow the lady closely. They could have surrounded the house…what’s the deal with shoot first, ask questions later.

    We all seriously run the risk of being shot by police if we have to interact with them. If there was ever a prowler at my house at night, I wouldn’t call police. I have 3 kids, and it just wouldn’t be safe to have trigger happy police inside, or anywhere near my house.

    Scary stuff. Every day I hear about another police officer shooting a defenseless person. Last week a cop shot a double amputee, with a pen in his hand, in a wheel chair. The reason, he felt threatened. the problem, how can a man with one arm, and one leg simultaneously move himself forward in a wheel chair, and wield a pen as a weapon. Only one hand!

  • More American police trained by the Israelis?

  • if absolutely necessary,knee-cap grandma. This type of policemen think they are warriors until they run into real warriors. My condolences to the family for yet another tragedy at the hands of lame CJing cops.

  • Sensitivity training using those eye drops when they test for glaucoma and earbuds on a static station or something that also distorts sound might give them a clue what elderly and other impaired people have to go through before responding appropriately to stimuli. Put marbles in their shoes, wrap wool around their fingers and then tape with the sticky side out and give them some kind of injection for back pain and joint pain and maybe they will start to get a clue when all these things are occurring in a suffering body at once it is hard to focus.

  • cops are worthless murding pieces of human garbage



  • "they claim – they claim – they claim" …I am sick of this shit!
    Can it be any clearer that there is a "War On You" – figure it out people…

  • So glad the anti-semites are posting. Good God, find something to do with yourselves besides getting aroused at the first sign of a comeback for swastikas. That said, the issue is one of contemplating the cops as people who protect & serve. They don’t. Moreover, the police are 30% women (who are physically incapable of doing the job), and cowards who are dreadfully petrified at the thought of dealing with criminals. Therefore, they are afraid they’ll be killed, so they shoot first, ask questions later. These idiots have bullet-proof vests on and constantly train…but they are afraid. What a bunch of incompetent pussies.

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  • Clearly more fine police work. lol

  • How hard is it to have a designated leader when a group of police respond? The lead officer then can negotiate and make the call to shoot if necessary, with the option of shoot to disarm rather than shoot to kill. This procedure would also eliminate hails of bullets flying all over when multiple officers decide to gang shoot suspects.

    Why bother leaning how to do precision shooting if you are going to take the easy way out?

  • Years ago, there was an incident in a former area where I lived, in which a rookie (inexperienced) policewoman shot and killed an unarmed teenage boy at a party. Someone had called the police because there was a party going on–probably noisy–and the police came. The policewoman claimed something like, the boy had come toward her in a threatening manner.

    Something must be done about the police killing ordinary citizens. I suggest being extremely cautious about calling the police.

  • @PatsWinAgain get over the old, tired BS on anti-Semitism. Israel IS training our police forces all across the country. NYPD has even set up a branch in ISRAEL. Why is acknowledging that anti-Semitic? Seriously?

    SORRY but this is wrong. Get out of our nation. You’re destroying its freedom and liberty, Israel. We don’t want to live like Gazans, we protest that.

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