Woman shot by police after 'threatening them with knife' in court

Woman shot in stomach by police appears in court accused of threatening PC with kitchen knife moments before she was hit

  • Sonia Price, 56, allegedly threatened a police officer with a ‘large kitchen knife
  • Sy het spandeer 11 months in hospital recovering from a bullet wound to the stomach
  • Son John Brough said at the time said he feared his mother ‘was about to die
  • Ms Price was released on bail and will appear at Liverpool Crown Court in August
  • A 56-year-old mother who spent a year fighting for her life in hospital after she was shot in the street by police has appeared in court accused of threatening a constable with a kitchen knife in the moments before the shooting.

    Sonia Price was charged in 2020 after allegedly threatening passers-by and police officers with a knife, leading to armed officers shooting her with a single bullet to the abdomen.

    Merseyside Police were called to Cairns Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, at 1.50pm on July 9, 2020.

    She appeared at Sefton MagistratesCourt today dressed in a grey tracksuit and red coat, accused of threatening a policeman known only as ‘Gwith a blade or sharply pointed article in a public place.

    Prys, who now lives in Blackpool, allegedly ‘unlawfully and intentionallythreatened officer G with a ‘large kitchen knife’.

    Sonia Price, 56, appeared at Sefton Magistrates' Court over allegations she threatened officers with a knife in Liverpool in July 2020

    Sonia Price, 56, appeared at Sefton MagistratesCourt over allegations she threatened officers with a knife in Liverpool in July 2020

    She gave no plea indication and was released on bail before her next appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on August 2

    She gave no plea indication and was released on bail before her next appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on August 2

    Merseyside Police were called to reports of a woman carrying a blade on Cairns Street in Toxteth at 1.50pm on Thursday, Julie 9 2020

    Merseyside Police were called to reports of a woman carrying a blade on Cairns Street in Toxteth at 1.50pm on Thursday, Julie 9 2020

    The charge further states she put the officer at immediate risk of serious physical harm.

    Prys, dan 54, had moved into a nearby flat in Toxteth, Liverpool just a day prior to the incident.

    Video emerged of her lying on the ground in handcuffs after being shot at around 2pm.

    She was heard faintly talking to officers while other emergency workers give her a breathing tube.

    After the shooting Price spent 11 months in hospital before being discharged in June last year.

    At the time of Price’s son John Brough, 35, said her condition was ‘touch and goand that he was fearful that ‘she might die.

    Hy het gesê: ‘I’m going out of my mind.

    ‘I fear my mum is about to die and I want answers.

    ‘I’ve seen video footage which is on social media of my mum lying on the floor, saying that she’s dying.

    ‘Why was it necessary to shoot her?’

    Residents close to the scene reported hearing a loud bang during the shooting.

    Residents close to the scene reported hearing a loud bang during the shooting - and medical equipment was left lying on the roadside following the arrest

    Residents close to the scene reported hearing a loud bang during the shootingand medical equipment was left lying on the roadside following the arrest

    Residents heard a loud bang which they compared to the sound of something 'blowing up'. Ms Price spent 11 months in hospital recovering from the bullet wound

    Residents heard a loud bang which they compared to the sound of something ‘blowing up’. Ms Price spent 11 months in hospital recovering from the bullet wound

    Een vrou, who lived near to the police cordon, said she had been asleep after working a night shift when she was woken by a gunshot shortly before 2pm.

    Sy het gese: ‘I heard a bang. I didn’t know what had happened until my daughter told me she had seen it on the news.

    Nog 'n buurman, wat nie genoem wil word nie, said she heard two loud bangs. It sounded like something had blown up.

    One resident added: ‘People are sad and mad about it but obviously we don’t know who she is or what’s happened yet.

    ‘A lot of people are going to be angry that a police officer has felt the need to shoot a bullet into somebody.

    Two officers were investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct following the incidentafter one officer shot her and a second used a Taserbut were cleared of breaching professional standards.

    The IOPC investigation found the officers involved attempted to activate their bodycam devices but the shooting itself was not recorded due to start-up delays with the equipment designed to preserve battery life.

    In 'n verklaring, the IOPC said: ‘There was no indication that the officers had committed a criminal offence or breached the standards of professional behaviour.

    ‘The incident log was passed to the force incident manager, who responded that in the first instance, it was appropriate for officers wearing body armour and using correct personal protective equipment including a Taser, to attend and conduct an assessment.

    ‘Two authorised firearms officers stated they heard radio transmissions about the deployment and while they had not specifically been deployed, they agreed to support their colleagues as they too carried a Taser.

    ‘Both officers administered first aid and the woman was taken by ambulance to hospital.

    Following the investigation, which found bodycam footage only began recording after Ms Price had been shot, the IOPC recommended that officers should use the bodycam ‘pre-recordfeature, which allows a 30-second recording to be captured prior to being fully activated.








    IOPC regional director, Amanda Rowe said: ‘This was an extremely distressing incident that left a woman with very serious injuries and we wish her well with her continued recovery.

    ‘We recognise the impact this has had on those involved, as well as the wider community.

    ‘That is why it was so important for this use of potentially lethal force to be subject to a detailed investigation that was independent of the police.

    ‘We found the use of force was necessary and proportionate in the circumstances.

    ‘Egter, we did find opportunities for the force to learn from this incident and we welcome the change to the way body-worn cameras are being used, which will benefit officers and the public alike.

    Ch Supt Jenn Wilson, Merseyside Police’s head of professional standards, gesê: ‘We welcome the findings of the report from the Independent Office for Police Conduct that concluded no police officer involved did anything that constituted a criminal offence or require disciplinary proceedings.

    ‘Our officers put their own lives on the line every day and have to make difficult decisions, often under very stressful circumstances, in order to protect the wider public and keep everyone, including themselves and their colleagues, veilig.

    ‘We will always welcome any opportunities to improve our way of working and will take on board the potential areas of learning identified in the IOPC report.

    Price gave no indication of plea during the brief hearing and was granted unconditional bail.

    She will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on August 2.