Son of woman shot by police says ‘I fear my mum will die’

The son of a woman shot by police has told the ECHO "he fears his mum will die" as she remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Sonia Price has been named by relatives as the armed suspect who was struck by one bullet, fired by a police officer, on July 9.

The 54-year-old is said to be fighting for her life in hospital and has undergone surgery after she was shot to her lower abdomen, on North Hill Street, in Toxteth.

Today, son John Brough told the ECHO how he heard his mum was critically injured on Friday morning, after receiving a phone call from his sister.

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The 35-year-old said his parent's condition was "touch and go" and that he was fearful that "she might die".

He added: "I'm going out of my mind [with worry]."

Ms Price was shot by police after officers from Merseyside responded to reports of a woman with a knife around Cairns Street and North Hill Street, just before 2pm.

It is alleged the woman, who was seen carrying a large blade, made threats to stab a 30-year-old mum and her 10-year-old daughter.

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The suspect had also been seen chasing after a teenager, or man in his 20s, on a bike, allegedly threatening to attack him with the weapon.

Following reports Merseyside Police arrived at the scene and a bullet was fired which hit Ms Price.

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The two police officers involved in the shooting incident, including the officer whose bullet hit her, have given initial accounts to watchdog investigators.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct, who have taken over the investigation from Merseyside Police, said the officers are being treated as witnesses, and their body-cam footage has also been obtained. An IOPC investigation is routine in such circumstances.

Mr Brough told the ECHO he wants to see the body-cam footage and has now questioned why other methods of restraining his mum were not used.

He said: "The police shot my mum because she had a knife, when they've got Taser ability, they've got CS spray ability, they've got rubber bullet ability.

"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?"

A Taser device was deployed at the scene, but the IOPC said it was unclear if that made contact.

Mr Brough, from Blackpool, said he was being told limited information about his mum's condition, but there are understood to be other health complications.

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Ms Price,who has several children, is understood to have relatives who live in Lancashire, however she is believed to have been living in Liverpool, at the time of the attack.

Mr Brough said his mum had suffered with very severe mental health problems and "experienced a very troubled life".

Today and IOPC spokesperson told the ECHO: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident in particular the woman’s family.

"We would like to meet with her family to explain our role and offer our support.

“We are carrying out an independent investigation to establish all of the circumstances surrounding how this incident occurred.

“We have already obtained CCTV footage from the area, the police officer’s body worn video, and have taken initial accounts from the two officers involved in the incident.

"They are both being treated as witnesses.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have witnessed something. Witnesses can call us on 0300 30 30 771 or email northhillst@policeconduct.gov.uk.”

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman also confirmed Ms Price's relatives were being supported and a "family liaison officer" had been appointed. for Ms Price’s relatives.

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