Strasburg policeman shoots woman beating him with his own baton

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Strasburg, Virginia, United States

December 17, 2023

The town police officer who shot a woman during a Dec. 17 confrontation fended off her attacks before firing four bullets into her chest, body camera footage released Friday shows.

The woman, Melissa R. Tompkins, 40, later died from her injuries at Winchester Medical Center. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled her death a homicide caused by multiple gunshot wounds. Tompkins left behind five children, and family members said she had battled drug and alcohol addiction.

Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager allowed The Northern Virginia Daily to view the video footage on Friday before he posted it on Facebook. The 12-minute video is compiled from the 911 call and footage from several police body cameras and hotel security cameras. The woman's family members also have viewed the video, Sager said.

The officer who shot Tompkins, George Rathore, whose name had not been released to the media prior, was placed on administrative leave after the incident while state police and a special prosecutor conducted a criminal investigation. Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter, assigned as the special prosecutor for the case, recently concluded his investigation.

“We found that the officer involved reasonably feared serious bodily injury or death and was justified in using deadly force,” Porter's email states. “Therefore, the officer will not be charged with a criminal offense.”

Rathore, who joined the town Police Department on June 20, 2022, returned to full duty in May after the agency concluded its internal investigation, Sager said.

Such an incident not only affects the officer involved but also the entire department and the community, Sager said.

“Ultimately, at the end of the day, ... we have a job to do and our job is to protect our community, keep our community safe, enforce traffic laws, state laws, right?” Sager said. “It's a very tragic, unfortunate situation, but the officer, he did what he had to do, ultimately to bring himself home to his family and keep our community safe.

The shooting occurred outside of the Ramada Inn on Signal Knob Road in Strasburg the night of Dec. 17.

Rathore responded to a disturbance at the hotel and encountered Tompkins in the parking lot. Tompkins ran from the officer, who told her to stop. Rathore chased Tompkins back to the hotel parking lot, according to the video.

The officer fired two cartridges from his Taser, neither of which subdued Tompkins. She can be seen grabbing and pulling one of the Taser wires and walking toward him.

Tompkins gets closer and grabs Rathore's police radio receiver, pulls the cord about 10 feet, then moves in and wraps the cord around his neck.

“I'm wrapping his neck,” she's heard saying in the video. Police had not previously released that detail.

Rathore fell to the ground, reached for his baton and swung at Tompkins' leg. Tompkins then grabs his baton from his hand and strikes the officer in the head, the video shows.

The two separate and Rathore draws his firearm. The officer shouts at Tompkins, “Stop! I don't want to shoot you.”

Tompkins can be heard replying: “Then don't.”

Tompkins steps forward and Rathore fires four shots rapidly at Tompkins, striking her in the chest. Tompkins falls to the ground, first moving slowly then lying still on the parking lot asphalt.

Rathore can then be heard shouting “Why did you do that? Why did you do that,” then shouting “shots fired” three times and “help.”

Officer David Rhodes had arrived and performed CPR on Tompkins for 6 1/2 minutes while waiting for emergency responders. Officer Bianca Hager also came to the scene and can be heard assisting Rathore.

Video surveillance camera footage taken inside the hotel before Rathore arrives shows Tompkins ransacking offices and the front desk in the lobby, at times hiding under desks. At one point, Tompkins saw herself in a security monitor, which she then pulled out from the wall.

Tompkins is seen more than once in the hotel security camera footage walking in a hallway, at one point carrying a fire extinguisher. Later, she exits out of a hallway window and is seen in the bodycam footage in the parking lot.

https://www.nvdaily.com/nvdaily/strasburg-police-release-videos-from-fatal-officer-involved-shooting/article_24236964-b254-5712-ab29-794ad0ce1c29.html

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Jesus fuck, this is another great example of a weak ass dude in a position he's not trained for. A 40 year old woman beat this dude down and was strangling him? Guy didn't know ANY self defense techniques or even how to punch? Imagine if it were a man his same size, dude would've been toast and smear on the pavement. Send this dude to the gym, or get him behind a desk.

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Amen!! Snowflakes should NEVER have a badge.

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Don't think you could've summed it up any better.

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https://media.giphy.com/media/AobQDNI4K7a4U/giphy.webp

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Buff meathead officers are more likely to revert back to pigs and start abusing citizens as they oink in their piggy sense of power

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I know cops have all that gear and shit on, but big bro should not be out of Breath after running like 20 feet

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This nigga let her disarm him, take him down and beat his ass lol. That's that crackhead strength.

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We need more Cops like that. I honestly think he waited too long, but it's good that he very clearly did NOT want to shoot her.

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I mean, a little less fat would be good, dude was slipping and sliding around like a pig in grease.

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More of that dude ? Dude was getting manhandled by some skinny ass white chick.

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yes, more cops that only shoot as a last resort instead of ego tripping etc.

And no, the cop should be able to overpower that women. Because he could not, he had to shoot.

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Yes to the first ! But then again, there was this video of a shizo dude slicing up a cop in seconds a few days ago. I get why they tend to shoot early, cause shit can get really dangerous in a blink of an eye.

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Yep. Killed him literally as he walked. Slit his throat and hear all that blood gushing out.

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Link to that vid?

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second this

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With a knife its different, this was a baton.

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Cops with strong morals.

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What? If that was a man attacking, one good thump on the noggin and the cop is KO'd. Perp then takes the officer's gun - what then?

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I think he should have pulled the gun before he tried the billy club....

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Absolute fucking Reddit comment. Get beat with a billy club.

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Hey fuck stick. Miss the part where i said he waited too long? Maybe I was insinuating that he should have tried the gun before he tried the billy club.

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I wouldn't trust that fat fuck to be a mall cop.

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what kind of flex is letting your pants slide down and beat an officer with his own baton?

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she was trying to incapacitate him with the wretched stench of BBC emanating from her crotch

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What the fuck this is embarrassing to watch haha physical requirements need to be put back into place so 130 pound women can't beat the shit out of a fatass out of breath cop

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why is everyone so mad at the police officer i mean he was a nice guy and didnt want to shot her like everyone else so?

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I believe the term is "giant Pussy!". If you can't protect yourself from a skinny drugged woman. How are you supposed to protect the citizens? This should never have been allowed to get to the level of lethality. They train officers to take a fighting individual into custody, without killing them.

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I think they're mad that it took so long, because realistically she should have been dead before she could try and radio in that she was trying to strangle him with his radio and had it been a male they wouldn't have gotten in arms reach

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she had a million mugshots, apparently she was the town crazy. Also no way she was 130lbs. In her 2023 mugshot she looked like 200+lbs

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do you mean this one?

https://i.watchpeopledie.tv/images/17187193451461394.webp

roided looking neck

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Weirdly satisfying to hear her cry out when she realizes she fucked up.

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Vote red and you'll begin to see way better policing, just saying.

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lol they are already the most funded police force in the world.

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But are given strict orders to talk to a suspect for 30 minutes using dolcet tones instead of using the force they're supposed to. Not much incentive to protect and serve when the criminals are set free all the time either.

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We also have the most incarcerated people of any country. Stop watching Law and Order and join us in the real world.

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Many of those people need to be incarcerated (or dead of they won't change) for the betterment of the world. We don't have asylums like we used to so now the crazies just sit on prison or jail instead of getting any kind of help.

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It would still be high though.

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Vote red to keep dangerous people on your streets!

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Which is probably why they can't imprison anyone anymore. It's crowded in there, might as well let the rapists and thieves out with a warning. Hope they don't install a basketball court in front of your apartment any time soon.

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And is this the part where you try to tell me that cops are not racist? Its like you get your ideas of the law watching TV.

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Ok, we get it, anyone who can think logically is getting their ideas from the idiot box. It's my fault for not realizing sooner that I've been arguing with a troll, my bad, I'll leave you so you can take your meds now, Butman.

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This is legit the funniest post I have read on here.

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This is one of those that chills me to the bone.

"I'm wrapping his neck."

Who is she talking to?

And that feeling when they tell you what they're going to do to you...fucking chilling.

Almost possessed.

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Robocrackwhore

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Thank God the officer wasn't charged with homicide

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L Cop. they need better fitness and training, wtf.

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He let that bitch get too close. The officer should be fired - not for killing the bitch, but bad procedure. If it weren't for the lack of melanin and the pussy pass, he would've said “fuck the taser”.

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The reason why he got beat up was also because he didn't wanna shoot her. He didn't wanna fight back. He wanted to calm down the situation.

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She was literally attacking him cop needs to learn how to read the fucking room. He's too weak wether physically or mentally IDK but he's weak regardless

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The rain was doooooope

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"woman"

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What a pussy cop cant even beat up some idiot women needs to pull out the pistol like a fucking monkeys do

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What a pussy, i dont even know what to say

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Wasn't she barehanded? How did she manage to overpower a male cop and wrestle a weapon out of him? My only guesses are that either she's drugged and that let her get ape strength or the cop is a twink. Either way he's lucky she didn't get the gun

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I'm not a man, but you gotta be one weak ass dude to not be able to defend yourself from a 40-year-old woman with no pants on :marseylaughpoundfist:

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YEAAAH GET HIS ASS FUCKING PUSSY!!!!

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He really got his ass kicked by that skinny crackhead

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Too bad, she looked like a decent fuck with that sexy outfit and crazy hair.

Then again, that '5-kids' wagon sounds a bit too much.

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Allahu Ahkbar :wolfvictory:

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most stupid cops in the world from usa.

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Fucking sissy cop, I mean wtf are you doing on the force...

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nice shootin tex.

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The most shocking part of this video was when the attacker was shown to be white.

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tough girl :shmleep: reminds me a bit of Michael Myer's Halloween movie :parrotevil:

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Take his man card immediately. A 40 year old crack head female was beating the shit out of him and he was crying for help. And of all jobs he chose to be a cop. I guess MMA fighter wasn't available. Dude needs a desk job stat.

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when a lady comes at you with no pants on..... you know shits about to go down 1 way or another xD

he was Sooking MORE than the chick he just Shot 3 times LOL.

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What a fucking pussy cop. Probably to tired from walking his fatass from donut shop to his car right before this scene happened is why he was panting like a dog

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You can tell she entered her 2nd form as you can clearly see mist emanating from her body.

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I really don't think he is the type of guy who wants to hurt a woman. I expected better from a police officer, I understand why he acted the way he did and some people are just weaker than others.

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not mad that she got shot but for real what a pathetic f@gg0t cop getting beat up and dropped by a woman,,, i would normally expect this type of bodycam footage from a lady cop but damn. just grab her wrists or shove her you fuckin dork

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What a pussy!

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Cops need to start aiming for the head, this body shot shit is retarded

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Life's not a video game or shooting range. Things are different when you're actually out in the world

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Squealing Zogtrooper vs Foul Witch.

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Bro should quit what the fuck was that 😂weak ass pussy

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Slow reaction, if i was the police, i should just headshotted that retard bitch

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One last fuck was in order, she was ready and presenting already!

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Should have mag dumped the bitch

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Magdumping people is how you get purple-haired retards on Twitter to screech "acab" & "defund the police", not realising of course that defunding will just allow for more poorly trained morons who magdump people when they feel even slightly threatened.

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