The Copperas Cove woman who was shot by an off-duty police officer said Sunday that the aggravated assault charge he is facing isn’t enough.
“I think it should have been harsher,” Lacresha Murray, 36, said Sunday. “He tried to take my life.”
Former Copperas Cove police officer Eric Stoneburner, 45, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault causing bodily injury/use of a deadly weapon in the May 23 incident. He resigned from the Copperas Cove police force after 5 years of service prior to turning himself in Thursday at the Coryell County Jail, police said Friday.
“As a department, we cannot support Mr. Stoneburner’s decision to use deadly force in the moment and manner in which he did,” said Copperas Cove Police Chief Eddie Wilson during Friday’s news conference.
According to Murray’s account, she had been traveling in the 1500 block of Robertson Avenue on May 23 after going to Mickey’s Convenience Store, when she began to feel ill.
She said she did a U-turn to go to AdventHealth-Central Texas hospital in Killeen. As she was making the turn, Stoneburner sped around her and began driving slowly. Murray said she went around and passed him, and he began to tailgate her.
After trying to create some distance between her and Stoneburner, Murray stopped her car and got out to talk him.
Murray said she explained to Stoneburner that she was going to the hospital. That’s when she said he drew his weapon and fired at her several times as she turned back to her vehicle. Murray was struck six times in her upper left arm.
Murray said Sunday that she is still recovering from her injuries and is trying to move past the incident.
“Right now, I need to heal. I’m in a lot of pain,” Murray said.
Murray did not say whether she’d be pressing any charges, but said she has an attorney.
The Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of Public Safety, has not yet concluded its investigation into the incident, and is still holding a video as evidence. Wilson could not comment on the contents of the video.
The Copperas Cove Police Department is also doing an internal investigation to determine if any department policies were violated.
Wilson said it’s to early to determine which, if any, policies will change in the future.