CREATED May. 15, 2013
Omaha, NE - Shot in the chest by a taser and a gun and now she's speaking out. A woman shot by an Omaha police officer shares her story with KMTV Action 3 News. Paula Moen is still recovering from her wounds at Creighton University Medical Center.
Her doctor would not let us interview her on camera, but we've spoken to her several times by phone. She tells us she's waiting to be transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Moen admits to having a flare gun with her during the confrontation.
On May 9, Paula Moen was sitting outside her house, listening to loud music. Her mother called in a noise complaint to police. When officers arrived, her mother told them her daughter is mentally ill and intoxicated.
Police tried to approach her and say she threw a bottle at them, and drew a knife. Police then tased her but it had little effect. When Moen drew a flare gun, Officer Jodi Sautter shot Moen in the chest. She's been recovering ever since.
Wednesday, Moen spoke with Action 3 News over the phone and admitted to having a knife and flare gun that night. She says she uses them as tools. She tells us the Board of Mental Health has appointed her attending physician as her primary care giver. Due to privacy laws, the hospital will not allow us to speak with Moen in person.
Police arrested Moen on two felonies saying she assaulted an officer and used a weapon to commit a felony when police responded to the noise disturbance. We've confirmed both charges are dropped. Moen tells us it's because she's been served with mental health papers, and she'll soon be transferred to a mental hospital.
Moen says she's not crazy and doesn't remember any altercation with police that night. The Board of Mental Health will not comment on Moen's case even though she is willing to talk. She says she doesn't need a court appointed guardian and would rather go to court than a mental institution.