Chesapeake, VA — A mother is grieving and also crying foul after police say her 19-year-old daughter killed herself during a routine traffic stop. According to the mother, police told her that her daughter was handcuffed when she somehow got a gun and shot herself. Now, after "investigating themselves" police have officially closed the case despite witnesses and a video telling a different story.
Sarah Wilson committed suicide on July 25, 2018, during a traffic stop near the intersection of Berkley Avenue and Wilson Road, according to the Chesapeake Police Department. According to police, while handcuffed with her hands behind her back, Wilson was able to acquire a gun, place it in her mouth, and pull the trigger.
Dawn Wilson, the mother of 19-year-old Sarah has since come forward to speak out about the inconsistencies in the case and the possibility of something far more sinister than a suicide.
“In all of her life I have never known of her to shoot a gun, own a gun, or even hold a gun,” said Wilson. "I'm not pointing fingers, I don't know what happened. I wasn't there, but I need to know, and I think that’s fair I'm her mom."
Wilson explained to ABC 13 that her daughter was the passenger in a car that was pulled over during a traffic stop. Police told Wilson that during the stop, Sarah produced a gun and used it to take her own life.
"Things are not matching up, somewhere somehow, there is a discrepancy,” said Wilson who said that police have told her one thing while telling the media something completely different.
"She was handcuffed, and she managed to put a revolver in her mouth while handcuffed. That's what the investigator told me last night,” said Wilson. "If that is the case its very unfortunate and tragic but there is a level of negligence there.”
Even more terrifying than a handcuffed teen somehow managing to get a gun and put it in her mouth to kill herself is the fact that witnesses are saying something entirely different.
“There is a few different stories, but they all end the same, that the police shot her,” said Wilson.
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What's more, while police originally told the media that this was a routine traffic stop, Wilson said they told her that they'd been investigating the driver and the stop was anything but routine. This fact would later be admitted by the police.
“They were investigating the driver, that Chesapeake Police had been investigating the driver, so they had been surveying him,” said Wilson.
The driver of the car was 27-year-old Holden Medlin who allegedly resisted arrest during the stop and took off running. While police attempted to restrain Medlin, they claim that Wilson was handcuffed with her arms behind her back when she got the gun out of the car, "contorted" her body and shot herself in the head.
One of the officers during the stop was also wearing a body camera which could provide many answers about what really happened. However, police said that the camera malfunctioned during the stop.
A short and very disturbing video of the aftermath of the shooting was posted to social media with the mother's permission. In the video, we can hear the witnesses say that "police shot her."
According to Wilson, Sarah's Facebook page showed no signs of depression. She says her daughter was happy and that she has two younger sisters who she would never want to hurt by taking her own life.
“She’s a moody teenager. If there is a mom out there that hasn’t heard some of that stuff from their kids, I’d love to meet them,” said Wilson.
As for the Chesapeake Police Department, they are remaining tight-lipped and refusing to answer any media questions. The investigation has since ended, and other than releasing the suicide claims, the department refuses to comment on its outcome.