Brother: Some info about sister killed by police is wrong

Brother: Some info about sister killed by police is wrong

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The brother of the woman killed in Tuesday's officer-involved shooting said Wednesday that he wants to clear the record on facts surrounding her death.
 
Police responded Tuesday morning to reports of a suicidal woman with a weapon at the 5000 block of Magic Avenue.
 
Police became involved in a standoff with 31-year-old Maria Zarate, who they say pointed a weapon at officers.
 
Police then fired several times at Zarate, who died at the scene. An autopsy report later confirmed Zarate died of her gunshot wounds.
 
"It wasn't a real gun," said Zarate’s brother, who did not want to be identified. "Five cops shot more than twice at a woman holding an Airsoft gun.”
 
Zarate's younger brother said his sister didn't pose a threat to officers.
 
Police said a mental health professional talked with Zarate for half an hour before shots were fired.
 
The brother said that, and other facts, aren't true.
 
"They used the word ‘firearm’ when it wasn’t, you know, and they talked to her for 30 minutes or more when it was 15 minutes or less,” he contended.
 
Surprisingly, he said he understands why police shot his sister.
 
"They didn't know it was a fake gun, supposedly, so I guess they had to do what they had to do,” the brother said.
 
Still, he wants people to know who his sister really was.
 
"She was a good person, despite everything she'd been through, her criminal record, she cared about her family," he said.
 
Multiple calls were made to police. They could not confirm if the weapon in question was in fact a fake gun.