The fatal shooting of a 25-year-old Sedalia woman by a police officer is now going to be investigated by a special prosecutor.

The Pettis County prosecutor Phillip Sawyer making the call to have the independent counsel determine if the “use of force and prosecution was necessary” in the death of Hannah Fizer.

The Highway Patrol recently finished their investigation into the matter and submitted a report to the prosecutor just last week.

Fizer was shot and killed by a deputy during a traffic stop in which the officer claimed she had a gun and was threatening him.

Family members of Fizer’s tell the news media she never owned a gun and they believe the item in her hand was her cell phone.


Prosecutor Phillip Sawyer issued this statement about the move:

“In the late afternoon of July 30, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC) supplied all reports currently within their control and the completion of their investigation into the fatal shooting of Hannah Fizer to my office. Since that time, I have evaluated those reports and my obligations to this community. Pettis County and families of those involved deserve the confidence to know that this matter was handled independently and competently by an individual with no ties to the jurisdiction that I serve. In the interest of protecting the ethics and integrity of the investigation I have requested the court appoint independent counsel to review this matter for a determination on the use of force and prosecution if necessary, based on that determination.”