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Family demands police turn over evidence in deadly officer-involved shooting

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Sharon McDowell (Courtesy: family) Sharon McDowell (Courtesy: family)
Friends and family rally for Sharon McDowell (Fox Carolina) Friends and family rally for Sharon McDowell (Fox Carolina)
Friends and family rally for Sharon McDowell (Fox Carolina) Friends and family rally for Sharon McDowell (Fox Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Family and friends of an Anderson woman who police shot and killed after officers said she shoplifted and led them on a chase through the city held a peaceful rally Saturday.

Officers with the Anderson Police Department said Sharon McDowell, 49, was shot when she tried to run over two officers who had cornered her in a driveway of a trailer park following a high speed chase in December 2013.

McDowell's mother, Annie McDowell, admitted her daughter had drug problems and frequently ran into problems with the law, but didn't deserve to die.

Annie McDowell and the victim's brother, Timothy McDowell, led a group of protesters Saturday morning outside Thompson Centennial United Methodist Church on West Market Street.

"The rally is to show that the people of Anderson and its surrounding areas that we strongly denounce this unconscious, unjustified killing," Timothy McDowell said in a media release, "and why the two officers have been taken off of administrative work and are patrolling the streets again."

The McDowell family claims the officers unnecessarily fired 27 shots, one of which hit Sharon in the neck and killed her.

The family also called for the police department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to release all evidence, including all footage from vehicle and body cameras, related to the case.

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