Anthony Bell’s 47-year-old mother was shot and killed by the Bastrop County Sheriff’s department in Texas.
“I couldn’t even touch her hand or kiss her on the forehead,” said Anthony Bell, whose 47-year-old mom was shot and killed by a 28-year-old Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Willis. Bell didn’t hear about the death of his unarmed mother until six hours after police shot her.
“I answered the door and there were two investigators there, and they said your mom’s been involved in an accident. I thought a car wreck and he said, no, she was shot by an officer and she died. I just lost it then.”
The sheriff’s department had initially said that Yvette Smith was armed when deputy Willis shot and killed her. But the department later retracted that statement. They were first “unclear whether Smith actually had a gun.”
Now, they seem to acknowledge that Smith was unarmed all along.
A woman had initially called 911, claiming that two men were fighting over a gun inside of a home where Smith was. But witnesses on the scene said there was no gun, the fight was about over one party owing the other money.
The homeowner, however, heard a dispatcher say there was a gun inside the house, even though that was not the case. Deputies were immediately informed that this was not true and that there was no gun inside of the house whatsoever.
That’s when Smith opened the door.
The deputies say, “the woman disregarded all commands.”
But all of the witnesses say this is patently false.
“She was just a loving, caring, genuine person,” Bell said. “You got a mother of two gone. The woman beat cancer, just got out of knee surgery and was battling diabetes. She was 5-foot-5, 135 pounds, and if you find that aggressive then you need to turn your badge in.
“You’re going to have to go back and look at who’s hiring and training these people and what protocols should you follow and what didn’t you follow,” he continued. “You took my mom from me.”
(Article M.B. David; image via local KXAN)