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Mother of woman killed: 'I shouldn't be making funeral arrangements'

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The mother of the woman killed by police after shooting at them in the back of a police car spoke to CBS46 News.

"I don't know the truth of what happened. I just know that my daughter was viciously gunned down, you know, like she was a hardened criminal," said Felicia Christian.

Atlanta police responded to a report of a stolen vehicle on April 30. They found Alexia Christian, 25, inside the stolen vehicle and took her into custody.

Police said Alexia Christian was fully handcuffed when she was put into the patrol car, but was able to set one of her hands free in the patrol car.

Alexia Christian then grabbed a gun she had on her, which she took from the stolen vehicle, and fired three shots at officers.

The officers jumped out of the patrol car and immediately returned a total of 10 shots at Christian. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she later died.

Police said the incident happened quickly and the officers simply didn't have enough time to call in a female officer, adding that the male officers can pat down a female with the back of their hand with witnesses present.

"It was clear to us the officers did not search her prior to putting her into the back of the car," said Atlanta Police Chief George Turner.

Atlanta police said Christian was previously arrested seven times for a variety of crimes, including theft, marijuana sale, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct and various driving offenses.

"She has a criminal history, yeah, but most of us do. I have one myself. But it's not nothing that will cost her her life, said Felicia Christian. "She should have been in jail if she broke the law, that's what jails are for. I shouldn't be making funeral arrangements for her."

Police said the officers were simply asking Christian her name when she opened fire.

"I want to tell law enforcement officers that they are trained to serve and protect, not murder and ask questions, and cover up stuff later. That's not nothing that they should be doing," said Felicia Christian.

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