The sister of an ISIS conspirator was killed Friday in a fatal encounter with police in Florida, according to the Washington Examiner.
The young woman was gunned down after lunging at a cop with a butcher knife in a shocking incident that was captured on surveillance video.
Sister of ISIS conspirator killed
According to local Tampa outlet Bay News 9, the woman’s family said that she was upset due to her brother’s arrest just days earlier for planning a terror attack on behalf of ISIS.
The now-deceased woman, named Heba Momtaz Al-Azhari, went to City Hall in Temple Terrace on Friday afternoon, where she asked to see a police officer. When an officer approached, Al-Azhari attacked him.
Shocking surveillance video shows the first 30 seconds of the encounter in which the woman is seated on a bench, then gets up and begins lunging at the police officer. He dodges her attacks, and she gives chase.
At some point, the officer, who was not named, shot Al-Azhari. The officer was hurt in the attack, but not fatally, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“We want it to be clear that this was an unprovoked, very unfortunate situation, but that the officer really had no other choice, when the knife wasn’t dropped and the assault continued, but to defend themselves,” Police Chief Kenneth Albano said of the incident, according to the Examiner.
Incident under investigation
At least one other police officer responded to the attack, and the shooting is now under investigation by the department. It’s not clear how many others may have responded or fired at the woman, but the officer in the video indisputably did, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The officer who was directly engaged in the confrontation repeatedly told Al-Azhari to drop the knife, according to Chief Albano.
The shooting came two days after the woman’s brother, 23-year old Muhammed Momtaz Al-Azhari, was arrested for trying to orchestrate and carry out a terrorist attack. Police say that he methodically looked for targets in the Tampa area, bought weapons to carry out the plot, and even rehearsed his plans, according to a Justice Department press release.
Muhammed Al-Azhari, who previously served jail time in Saudi Arabia for trying to join ISIS, faces up to 20 years in prison. He was arrested after obtaining weapons he planned to use in his attacks.
“He also expressed admiration for Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and spoke of his desire to carry out a similar mass casualty shooting,” the DOJ said, according to the Examiner.